May 23, 2012
Animal Farm 1st Draft
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm the pigs on the farm found a way to corrupt power over all the animals on the farm. Lord Acton once said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (“Lord Acton” sec. 15) The pigs on the farm figure out a way to adjust the seven commandments and shot fear into the animal’s eyes.
In Animal Farm the seven commandments that were made for the animals to follow, have changed in a way so that the pigs could switch around life on the farm. To corrupt power you must make consequences, and those consequences might involve sacrificing others. In Animal Farm Napoleon gathers all the animals in an assembly meeting and talks about snowball coming back in the night and about any animals that were behind snowball and his plans. Napoleon then quickly executed the animals that were behind snowball, and broke one of the seven commands “no animal shall kill another animal” but Muriel read out the commandment and it read out “no animal shall kill another animal without cause.”(Orwell 60) To obtain power over something, one must have to be more superior over another. In Animal Farm, Napoleon and the pigs have changed everything around to be suitable for their own needs. They have put themselves on top of the food chain, by changing the commandment that was “all animals are equal” to “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” (Orwell 90) [continues]
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