English 8, period A
31 March 2010
Animal Farm Essay
Joseph Stalin was a major dictator in influencing communism in Russia. He used his power and status to rule over the people and scare them into doing what he says. In the novel, Animal Farm, by George Orwell, the character Napoleon is the equivalent to Stalin in this story when Napoleon rules and dictates over the other inferior animals. While dictating over the animals, Napoleon uses his bodyguards, or his dogs to scare the other animals into obeying his every command. Not only that, Napoleon uses Squealer as his mouthpiece to persuade the animals that all the hard labor being done is for the good of all the animals. And above all, without the animal’s stupidity and idiocy, Napoleon could not have rule over the other animals as effectively as he has done. Napoleon effectively maintains power over Animal Farm by manipulating the animals into doing whatever he says in order to guarantee his absolute rule. One way Napoleon manipulates all the animals is by taking his dogs and smartly using them as his bodyguards to help him scare the animals into doing the work or when the animals feel like they should protest. At the beginning, Napoleon quietly raises the dogs up and later makes them completely, absolutely loyal to him. One time when Napoleon had called for an assembly, some animals such as sheep had said an “confession” and as punishment he uses the dogs to execute them. Doing so, Napoleon productively scares the other animals. The animals cannot say anything against Napoleon or face his wrath. “..they had come to a time when no one dared to speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes,” (Orwell 95). This shows that Napoleon maintains power over the animals well because it shows even though the animals want to talk back, “no one dared to speak his mind” since they are so scared. So no...
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