When Evil Outshines Good

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“All that necessary for the triumph of evil is when good men do nothing”. Edmund Burke once stated this and he is more than correct. The history of the constant battles between good and evil can be explained through this quote. We see good people who are more than capable of stopping an opposing force, doing nothing at all. This could be from lack of self will, lack of skill or just the naivete of the person. George Orwell’s Animal Farm displays this perfectly. Many animals could have stopped those wretched others, but close not to. The evil, which is portrayed through the pigs, is able to succeed because animals who are seen as good, being Jessie, Muriel and Boxer, do nothing to stop it from taking the puppies, do not resist when forced to work, and they do not ever expose it as an actual evil force. In many instances in this book, we see animals just allowing the evil force to do whatever it wants their lives. Jessie is the most prominent example. She could have prevented the on spread of evil if she had fought to keep the puppies and now allow Napoleon to take them. The puppies were Jessie’s weakness, and she chose to do what she thought was best for them, instead of what was best for herself. The author shows how the puppies were used to spread evil when he writes, “At this time there was a terrible baying sound outside and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws” (35). The pigs were using the puppies as an act of violence against all the other animals. They were forced to listen and accord full power to the pigs because, in reality, they had no other choice. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...animals had the ability and many even had the knowledge and awareness of the truth behind the pig’s plan with the farm, but they chose to do nothing because of the constant fear they were living in. Jessie knew what the puppies could turn out to be if Napoleon took them away, and she had the power to stop it, but she chose not to. Muriel knew about the plans the pigs had, and she had the mental ability to stop them, but she chose not to. Boxer knew he was being overworked and that he could not live like that much longer, but his naivete did not allow him to stop them. Because of this, evil was able to succeed and fully capture the farm for itself, and there was nothing anybody could do after that. But what if the animals had done something? What if the pigs were exposed? Seems only logical to assume that things would have turned out a whole lot different.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how george orwell's animal farm illustrates the history of the constant battles between good and evil.
  • Analyzes how jessie could have prevented the spread of evil if she had fought to keep the puppies and now allowed napoleon to take them.
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