In the book, Animal Farm written by George Orwell, the animals raise up in rebellion against their human masters in hope for a better life. However, the quote by Lord Acton, a British historian, describes it best: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This is basically what happens. The pigs realize their intellectual superiority, and use it to their advantage.
“ Snowball and Napoleon were by far the most active in the debates. But it was noticed that these two were never in agreement: whatever suggestion either of them made, the other could be counted on to oppose it.” (24). This shows that Napoleon always wanted to be the one who made the decisions around the farms. When they tried to agree on something he would argue with Snowball to get everything the wants. Even when everything was resolved there was always something that made them argue since they want all the power over the animals. Later on while Snowball tries to help the animals with the new slogan “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad” (26), Napoleon takes the pups away from their mothers.”...Saying that he would make himself responsible for their education. He took them up into a loft which could only be reached by a ledder from the harness room…”(26). This is saying that he took them into a private place so no animal would know what he is teaching the puppies. What he was teaching the pups was to be killer guard dogs and forcing innocent animals to confess and having them killed. The farm animals did not even know they were gone, they forgot of their
out Snowball, Napoleon told the animals that the windmill was his idea and he just
Since the animals defeated Mr. Jones, “ And so, almost before they knew what was happening the Rebellion had been successfully carried through: Jones was expelled, and the Manor farm was their,” (39). What occurred here was with the the inspiration Old Major left behind after his death, pigs Napoleon and Snowball were the new leaders of the rebellion, and successfully fought Mr. Jones and his men by the animals attacking them. All the animals were ecstatic about their new found freedom, and to only have to worry about themselves, not some humans. The leaders together were very good at keeping the farm in good shape, with Snowball being very good with words, and Napoleon very good with getting his own way. The only bad thing about this pair is that they argue a lot about the decisions of the farm, and can never agree with one another. Until one day when Napoleon starts speaking ill of the co-leader Snowball, making Snowball get a bad reputation, an example is, “do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!” (82). This is clearly false for the reason that the windmill was torn apart by the wind, yet Napoleon is so manipulative and wants Snowball to
The rebellion occurs when once again, Jones forgets to feed the animals, who break into the shed, looking for food. When Jones and his men begin whipping them, the animals attack until they were driven off the farm. They eat as much as they wanted, destroyed anything that was linked to Jones, and enjoyed their newfound freedom. Snowball then changes the sign that read, "Manor Farm" to, "Animal Farm". He then paints the Seven Commandments of Animalism on the barn wall. Some of the names of the pigs have an important meaning, such as Napoleon. Previously mentioned, Napoleon only cares about control and power, and his name may suggest that he's powerful, and always gets his way. Squealer, represents Stalin's - or in this case, Napoleon's - propaganda. Everytime he is asked a question, he tends to skip around a lot and does anything to prove his point. Sqealer later becomes Napoleon's Minister of
Napoleon and Snowball, the two pigs, compete for the leadership but when Jones and the other farmers assault on the animals, the animals stand together. After the animals come together, Snowball and Napoleon disagree on the direction of Animal Farm. Although Napoleon seems to oppose the idea of the windmill, after he pushes Snowball out of the farm he pretends he has supported the idea of a windmill the entire time. After Snowball is pushed out, life gets worse on the farm. The pigs and the dogs are cruel and let the other animals do all of the work while they abuse the farms
Snowball, who is the original inventor of the windmill, wanted it to ease the workload off of the animal’s shoulders. However, Napoleon, uses the windmill as support from the animals, this helps him establish his dictator persona. “But of all their controversies, none was so bitter as the one that took place over the windmill” (Orwell 48). The windmill then became the center of controversy. Even though Snowball is legitimately the correct one to be trusted and what he is saying is true, the animals still support Napoleon because they are manipulated by his words. Napoleon uses Snowball as a scapegoat for the windmill’s first destruction, this causes the animals to still believe in him. This brings him to
The relationship surrounding Snowball and Napoleon in George Orwell's Animal Farm tends to be on rocky grounds. Snowball, a clever pig, tends to be loyal, brave, and outgoing. These are just a few excellent qualities of a leader. Napoleon, a boar, on the other hand, is quite frankly rude, wretched, and full of greed. Both have had their share of leadership on the farm, yet both have had their share of conflict as well.
The novel Animal Farm by George Orwell emphasizes the emergence and development of Joseph Stalin as a communist dictator through the character of Napoleon. These characteristics of Napoleon can be seen not only in Stalin, but in present dictators as well, such as Bashar al-Assad. Napoleon and al-Assad utilize many of the same tactics, such as removing competition, using fear to keep citizens loyal, and finding ways around the law, in order to maintain their position of power.
Throughout the book we see tales of manipulation by the pigs to the farm animals, without the animals the pigs would have never risen to power yet they let their power go to their head and lied and mistreated the animals to get what they wanted. The beasts had several chances to revolt against the pigs, yet for some reason they turned their heads to the injustice an ignored their senses of both reason and logic, maybe they feared having to be in charge, maybe they were just too naive to see it, or perhaps they truly believed the lies. Whatever their reasoning we see the same things in human society, and George Orwell does a good job of displaying to us how willing society is to turn its head to injustice and consents to being exploited by a higher power.