...ls around to do more work while they lie on their backs and drink because the animals are too stupid to realize that they are being treated unfairly. Because the pigs have advantages when it comes to being smart, they take advantage of the fact that the animals have no idea whats actually going on. Though the pigs rarely do anything, they get more portions of food. Towards the end of the book, the animals see that while they are working very hard for the farm, the pigs are inside drinking and talking with humans. Though they may not realise it, they are not treated equally. The pigs have much power over the animals because they know that the animals can not realise that they are doing all the work. The animals trust that the pigs are telling the truth. Because of this, the pigs take full advantage of it and choose to slack off and take the animals trust for granted.
Collectively the animals are inspired to work hard, however there is already a drift away from Old Majors vision of freedom from tyranny by Napoleon and Snowball. They paint the seven commandments of Animalism on the barn to remind every one of their principles. The seventh Commandment is “All animals are equal”, and yet the story implies that in Chapter III, Napoleon already sees himself as different. When the milk goes missing the animals are told that the pigs need the milk to think well. Squealer points out to the rest of the animals that it is in their best interests. Squealer is clearly the vocal manipulator of the group, who manages to turn the others around to the ‘pigs’ way of thinking at every opportunity. This is where the corruption begins and escalates throughout the rest of the
The pigs were the leaders of all the farm animals and had all the power to make the rules. As time went by, these pigs got more and more greedy and decided they would change the rules to their satisfaction.
The pigs lived a very luxurious lifestyle in comparison to that of the other animals on Animal Farm. All the animals on the farm have much fewer to eat than the pigs. “The winter was as cold as the last one had been, and food was even shorter. Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs” (112). Also, the pigs were allowed the sin against their own commandments. The fifth commandment was “no animal shall drink alcohol” (24). Now “ every pig was now receiving a ration of a pint of beer daily, with half a gallon for Napoleon himself” (115). To further demonstrate the pigs luxurious the lifestyle, their young are treated very different from the rest of the animals. “The young pigs were given
The executions in chapter seven show clearly the animals’ naivety towards the fast approaching leadership of the pigs. During the killings, the animals stand back and do not do a thing. Some animals, like Benjamin, suspect the overthrowing of the rebellion, but are afraid to do anything alone.
The initial theme of the novel is, 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'; Power, in a sense, is bad because with power, there is responsibility. If one takes advantage of that responsibility, then there will be corruption. Orwell portrays this by permitting the farm animals to nominate the pigs to be in charge of the farm. The pigs left in charge are Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball. Napoleon and Squealer both have evil intentions by turning the dogs after Snowball, in other words, killing him. Napoleon would make the other animals work long hours and give them little portions of food, while he and Squealer would feast on large meals. Napoleon and Squealer took advantage of their role as governor and ate all the food, drank beer, and lived in the owner's house. However, to the farm animals, they considered these to be the 7 commandments:
To take control, leaders use false information to persuade the others into doing what they want. This is called using propaganda. Propaganda was used to effectively rule the other animals in Animal Farm. The Pigs manipulated the uneducated. As did Napoleon used this to his advantage. There was use of fear by violence. They inflicted fear by using hypothetical situations to get the other animals to do as told. The leaders in Animal Farm show numerous types of propaganda to effectively take control of all the other animals.
When animals overthrew the men, the governance of whom had long been oppressing them, they finally broke the chains of perpetual slavery. They no longer had to work extremely hard in the excruciating conditions solely for the benefits of cruel and greedy men, but for the benefits of themselves. They attained the freedom they were desperately striving for. The times of abuse and maltreatment came to its end. In these new hope-inspiring conditions the animals set up to establish the farm in which there would be no injustice and suffering, but it would be the place where everybody is equal and happy. They knew that establishing such farm would be extremely difficult, nevertheless the thoughts of giving in never crossed their minds. They gradually, step by step started to overcome all the obstacles and hardships on their way to prosperity. Those hardships made clear that the pigs were the most appropriate for a position of a leader. Indeed, the pigs were most intelligent, it was them who were guiding the animals and giving effective advises in farming. Undoubtedly, had it not been for them, the animals would have starved to death not being able to solve the problems regarding ploughing and harvesting. Under their governance the farm was thriving, there were no quarrels and arguments, every animal was happy and contented with their lives. Unfortunately, it did not last for long, the society which was supposed to be just, and where everybody is equal, transformed into the tyrannical society, where everybody lived under strong oppression and in total misery. The reasons why this transformation happened are manifold. This paper will show the main reasons of this.
Years pass on Animal Farm, and the pigs become more and more like human beings-walking upright, carrying whips, and wearing clothes. Eventually the seven principles of Animalism, known as the Seven Commandments and inscribed on the side of the barn, are replaced with a single principle reading "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL* BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THEN OTHERS" Napoleon entertains Mr. Pilkington., a human farmer, at a dinner, and declares his intent to change the name of Animal Farm back to The Manor Farm. Looking in at the party through the farmhouse window, the common animals are unable to tell who are the pigs and who are the human beings.
The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership. 4