A way power is achieved is the knowledge of language of the pigs. In Animal Farm, the pigs gradually twist and distort a rhetoric of socialist revolution to justify their behavior and to keep the other animals in the dark. The animals heartily embrace Major’s visionary ideal of socialism, but after Major dies, the pigs gradually twist the meaning of his words. "Four legs good, two legs bad" (chapter III) then evolves to "Four legs good, two legs better!" (chapter X). As a result, the other animals seem unable to oppose the pigs without also opposing the ideals of the Rebellion. By the end of the novella, after Squealer’s repeated reconfigurations of the Seven Commandments in order to decriminalize the pigs’ treacheries, the main principle of the farm can be openly stated as “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (c...
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...dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes" (chapter VII).
Power can be useful, but us humans have abused it so many times before and, no doubt, will again. It has limits and too much power can destroy everyone trying to get in its way. To work well as societies, we must use it appropriately and to everyone 's comfort. George Orwell had at his time made an extremely bold move to criticize an extremely powerful country. But his message summarized a system which had not been confronted before, power can often lead to corruption and oppression. Even when a revolution is done with the best intentions, all directed toward the greater social good, it can devolve into a government which is just as bad (or worse) than the oppressive regime which it replaced.
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