Animal Farm - Power and Corruption

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Animal Farm - Power and Corruption

By | May 2012
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Power is authority and strength, which is any form of motive force or energy, ability to act, or control. When too much power is given, a dictatorship government can form, in which all decisions are made by one authority. In the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell the author portrays how "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely" (Lord Acton).

Old Major, who is a respected animal on the farm, had given a speech to stir the animals emotion into rebellion. He used his power of respect and trust to persuade the others to pursue the vision in his dream. "Old Major was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say" (Orwell 15). Old Major's dream was for the earth to be ruled by animals. Old Major strongly believed that animals have only one adversary. "Man is the only real enemy we have" (19). His oration inspired and energized the listeners. "At this moment there was a tremendous uproar" (21). Old Major had all the power and history has proven that dictatorship does not work, due to the fact that, power leads to corruption in a communism style government. The power Old Major held led his friends into taking action in what he desired to do, which led to rebellion and future tragedies. Power corrupted society and absolute power that is eventually obtained becomes corrupt within. (Lord Acton).

From the death of Old Major, Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer replaced him. At first things started off pretty well; the harvest was very good the first year and the reading and writing system had helped some, but had limited success on others. In time, the leaders of animal farm started to have mixed feelings. Snowball and Napoleon were in constant disagreement. An important meeting that was held ended with an astonishing outcome. One decision that was made was concerning the windmill project and the most important decision made was who would be the head animal. Snowball and...

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