15 October 2012
Animal Farm Essay
One who has power can lose the sense of right and wrong so that morals do not matter. Absolute power corrupts those who possess it. This can be seen throughout history, such as during World War II, and proven by the actions of Napoleon in the allegory Animal Farm by George Orwell. A good quote to show one of the many themes of this book is “It is not power that corrupts, but fear. The fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it”-Aung San Suu Kyi.
In this book Napoleon and Snowball represent actual historical figures of Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. They had started as allies at the beginning of the Russian Revolution, like how Napoleon and Snowball were friends when Old Major was alive. After the Russian Revolution Stalin was able to intimidate Trotsky into exile and had him assassinated. This was like when Napoleon drove Snowball away with his vicious dogs. George Orwell also showed allegory in this book by having Napoleon make the animals look at Old Major’s skull when they have Sunday meetings, just like Stalin had Lenin in a glass coffin so everyone can see his dead corpse.
Too much power corrupts those who possess it just as Joseph Stalin did horrible things against Russia when he gained power. The main character Napoleon did many things to Animal Farm to corrupt it. In the novel Napoleon was corrupted by his power. Napoleon abused and deceived the other animals and finally became what he had rebelled against. Napoleon terrorized animals by killing many of them. He killed four pigs for communicating with Snowball and he killed three hens for confessing that Snowball came to them in their dreams.
Napoleon also affected the animals by making decisions for them. When Napoleon decided that there was no longer a need to sing the Beasts of England, a favorite song. He then banned it because the rebellion was...