Absolute Power Corrupts In Animal Farm

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The novel Animal Farm by George Orwell is a novel based on the lives of animals living on a farm in England. To me, I think Animal Farm mirrors life when Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union because absolute power corrupted both societies. In Animal Farm, George Orwell uses irony to show the theme of absolute power corrupts, characterization to show the theme of absolute power corrupts, and symbolism to show the theme of absolute power corrupts.
First of all, George Orwell uses characterization to develop the theme of absolute power corrupts. For instance, characterization develops the theme, absolute power corrupts, since the president of Animal Farm, Napoleon, is a “...large rather fierce looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker but with a reputation of getting his way.” (Pg 11). Therefore, this quote shows that Napoleon is a very persuasive yet quiet and mean looking pig which is how Napoleon gained absolute power, by being very persuasive. Also, there was a time when the animals told their “...tale of confessions and executions and went on until there was a pile of corpses, lying before Napoleon’s feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown since the expulsion of Jones “(Pg 58). This
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For instance, the passage stated that all the animals saw the pigs walking in a file. Yet in the seven commandments of the farm, the first commandment, states that “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy”, which is ironic since the pigs are walking on their two hind legs. This matters because this shows that absolute power corrupts (through verbal irony). In the novel Animal Farm, George Orwell uses irony, uses characterization and uses symbolism to show that absolute power

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