Moyalty And Corruption In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Even those with the best of intentions can become corrupt when given power, as George Orwell so descriptively portrays in his allegorical novella Animal Farm. Animal Farm tells the story of a group of animals who, after living for years under the merciless rule of a drunk, careless farmer, one day rise up in rebellion. After driving the humans off their farm, the animals are left to create their own self-governed society. Based on the ideals of Communism, the animals’ gubernatorial structure at first seems appealing, promoting equality and a determination to create an independent, animal-only society. The system, which is known as Animalism, seems to be beneficial to all and offers promises of a better and more prosperous future. However, just…show more content…
Napoleon, the pigs’ leader and ultimately the dictator of Animal Farm, recruits an army of dogs by kidnapping them at birth and raising them to be “huge…and as fierce-looking as wolves.” (p. 53) They, too, were blindly loyal to Napoleon, but their brainwashing ran far deeper, and they possessed the strength to keep others in line. They “[keep] close to Napoleon” (p. 53) at all times, and strike down his enemies. Having not only blindly loyal followers but an army of them truly gives Napoleon the power to do anything, and he abuses it, which is yet again a warning from Orwell of what happens when one has too much power. This is exemplified on page 84, when Napoleon calls forward animals whom he says are traitors and the dogs are seen “[tearing] their throats out.” Napoleon is also seen using his army even against his fellow pigs, in order to obtain more power (which in turn leads to more corruption, per Orwell’s warning) for himself. Napoleon’s fellow leader, Snowball, possessed too much power for Napoleon’s liking, and so Napoleon had his dogs “[dash] at Snowball…[with] their snapping jaws.” (p. 53) They then chased Snowball “through a hole in the hedge” at the edge of the farm, and Snowball is never seen again. Just as Stalin “eliminated” Leon…show more content…
By the end of the story, Orwell states that it “[is] impossible to tell” (p. 141) pig from human as they sit as allies around a table. In the Commandments that once ruled their society, all the animals vowed never to be in contact or trade with a human, let alone act like one. The corruption caused by their rise to power has influenced the pigs so greatly that they have betrayed their people and their beliefs, which were once pure and based on the motives that drove all animals to strive for a better, fairer life. The pigs clearly once passionately believed that, as it was none other than a pig by the name of Old Major who gave the speech that inspired the Animalist rebellion. Old Major himself said that “all men are enemies” (p. 10), and this was an ideal by which all pigs lived prior to their ascent to authority. Through this passage, Orwell clearly warns how even those who seem pure and driven by good can turn horribly bad when given too much

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