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In a society where the upper class have access to education and the masses do not, it is easy for the upper class to use their knowledge to their advantage and oppress the others. Because of this, most attempts in creating complete equality in a society will be futile. In the allegorical novel Animal Farm by George Orwell, the author retells the post events to the Russian revolution through the rebellious Manor Farm. Manor Farm goes through a revolution, bringing the farm to become a utopian society under the rule of the pigs which the animals renamed Animal Farm. Years after, the farm evolves back into a dystopia and is renamed to its original name under the humans rule, Manor Farm. Thus, Orwell uses this story to argue that in a world where intellect is valued, animals such as the pigs use their intelligence to manipulate the other animals to gain complete control over the rest of the population, in order to benefit themselves in the end. Orwell introduces the idea that intelligence can often lead one into a position of power when the masses in a society are not educated. When Old Major calls a meeting of all the animals in the big barn and tells the animals must take charge of their destiny by overthrowing Man in a great Rebellion, the other animals prepare for the Rebellion under Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer’s leadership. While meeting to discuss this issue, “the work of teaching and organizing the others fell naturally upon the pigs, who were generally recognized as being the cleverest of the animals” (11). The word “naturally” shows that the other animals universally agrees to the fact that the pigs are the smartest and should be in charge of leading the farm. The pigs’ method of education allows them to select the most ... ... middle of paper ... ... to the reader that the pigs have gone to far in order to get what they want. The day after the death of Boxer “word went round that from somewhere or other the pigs had acquired the money to buy themselves another case of whisky.” This suggests that the pigs only want to spend money that will only benefit them so they are using the money from Boxer’s slaughter to buy a case of whisky. Money and drinking are among the main seven commandments in which the pigs originally swore to never use. Consequently, the abuse of education for power has caused the downfall of this society because the pigs are abusing the founding principles they established earlier. The lack of education of the other animals gave the pigs power, moving them up to an elite class, which creates a society where the pigs became equal to the status of the humans, and higher than the other animals.

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