CP English 9
March 13, 2015
Power, Deception, and Equality
Edward Abbey once said, “Power is always dangerous. Power acts the worst and corrupts the best”. George Orwell wrote Animal Farm to tell the truths about Stalin’s power and
has many historical figures represented in it such as Stalin, Trotsky, Karl Marx, Rasputin, and many more. The books mimicked the Russian Revolution and Stalin's reign of Russia. George Orwell teaches many truths in Animal Farm including; absolute power corrupts absolutely, equality is not always equal, and deception is easy when others lack education.
George Orwell teaches many truths in
, the first truth he teaches is, absolute
power corrupts absolutely. In the middle of the book Napoleon showed his first sign of absolute power by making the animals work hard. Orwell writes,” All that year the animals worked like slaves.” (73). Napoleon displayed his power and corruption when he didn't get what he wanted. Orwell writes,” Napoleon acted swiftly and ruthlessly. He ordered the hens rations to be stopped
and decreed that any animal giving as much as a grain of corn to a hen was punishable by death.” ( 87). The second truth Orwell teaches is equality is not always equal. Napoleon shows that equality is not always equal when he changes the last commandment. Orwell writes,” All animals are equal, but some equals are more equal than others.” (133). Napoleon also demonstrates inequality when he gives the pigs extra apples and milk. Orwell writes,” So it is agreed without further argument that the milk and apples should be reserved for the pigs.” (54). The more education one has, the harder it is to deceive them. The final truth Orwell taught was deception is easy when others lack education. The pigs ...
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