Power Corrupts Essay

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Brennen McCurdy
Power Corrupts All Essay
Throughout our life, a normal person’s life, we will have someone who we follow or look up to. Those types of people could either be your boss, a president, or maybe even one of your parents. What if your boss suddenly told you that now every morning you come into work you had to leave a dollar at his office door for working for him? That would not make you very happy that it would cost you a dollar just to go to work. This is just one example of how power can corrupt anyone. Even the most gentle and honest people can be corrupt by power and the need to control others. In the Green Mile, Percy uses his ability to push around the criminals, who came into the Green Mile. In Animal Farm, the pigs are able to use their knowledge to control the other animals through fear and changing rules. Finally, in the Lord of the Flies, the children began as innocent and gentle children, but turn into savages who want to kill and control the other children, again, through the need to control others.

In Animal Farm, Napoleon and Squealer use their superior minds, and perfectly executed persuasion, to control and rule the other animals of the farm. The first time they used this ability was to control the others in the meeting that was held in the barn. Snowball and Napoleon were arguing over the idea of building a windmill or whether it was a good idea, and were just worrying about whether or not their needs were going to be met. It looked like Snowball was going to win the argument to build the windmill, but then, after Napoleon gives a strange whistle, nine enormous dogs come charging into the barn and chase Snowball off the farm. After the dogs had chased Snowball off the farm, they returned to Napoleon’s side. Napoleon then said that there would be no more meetings, therefore no more debates, therefore no windmill. This would mean that Napoleon and the pigs would now be making all the decisions. Now that Napoleon had all control...
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