• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

thrpugh the character and actions of Napoleon Orwell paints a picture of brutal tyranny, discuss

Extracts from this document...


Jennifer Hoult "Through the character and actions of Napoleon, Orwell paints a picture of brutal tyranny" Discuss Tyranny can be defined as an oppressive power and especially oppressive power exerted by government and where full power is with one ruler. Napoleon is first perceived as being helpful and thoughtful towards the other animals as it is he and Snowball who start to educate the other animals on the 'principles of Animalism'. It can also be seen that straight after the rebellion the pigs seem to be working for the benefit of the other animals and did not see their selves as more important as they wrote the seven commandments. These were written as an 'unalterable law' for everyone. We can also see Napoleon took charge from the beginning as he led the animals to the store-shed and gave 'a double ration of corn to everyone'. It was as though he was trying to gain respect from the start, as the animals will remember that he was the one who first fed them well. However, it is almost immediately after that, we see a sense of Napoleon's tyrannical actions when the milk disappeared. Napoleon tried to turn the other animals' attention away from the milk. ...read more.


This now sees the end of the debates and discussion. Napoleon uses his leadership to issue weekly orders to the other animals which now shows a definite inequality. The other animal do not see this and Napoleon uses their lack of intelligence against them as he again gets Squealer to explain to the other animals. He says, "Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure!" Squealer also uses this as an opportunity to call Snowball a criminal which is again taking the animals attention away what is really happening. We can also see the seven commandments slyly changing and now the animals memories are being falsified by Squealer as he says, "Are you certain that this is not something that you have dreamed?" This shows that Napoleon is now trying to control the other animals thoughts. Napoleon uses Snowball as a scapegoat as he is blamed for everything that goes wrong on the farm. When the windmill is ruined Napoleon blames this on Snowball and uses this adversity to his advantage, "We will teach this miserable traitor that he cannot undo our work." He uses this to vilify Snowball further and therefore pushes the animals thoughts onto an enemy rather than the hard work that lies ahead in rebuilding the windmill. ...read more.


They had nothing now to compare their current lives with and therefore Napoleon had succeeded in gaining full control over the farm and the animals. Napoleons betrayal towards Boxers shows him to be a brutal tyrant because Boxer had been the hardest, most loyal worker on the farm. The pigs show no compassion as they send him to his death. Boxer is of no use to them anymore so they just dispose of him. Only Benjamin notices what has happened but again when Squealer explains, the other animals accept what they are told. Squealers false account of Boxer's last moments shows the pigs to be very cruel and harsh. We can see that all of Napoleon's actions show a picture of brutal tyranny. He at first seems to be kind and to be acting for the benefit of all the animals but this soon stops and it is clear that he wants control of the farm and he does this by using many techniques to keep the animals in order. He manipulates and exploits the other animals. Napoleon is cruel towards the other animals. He uses their lack of intelligence against them and succeeds in controlling not only the farm but the animals thoughts and memories also. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level George Orwell section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level George Orwell essays

  1. George Orwell, one of English literatures most important and famous writers, draws the picture ...

    When these facts are concerned, simplifying language and removing words that are used to express threatening concepts, would perfectionalize the regime in terms of the obedience of people. Another remarkable aspect about language is that it is one of the most important things that make human beings privileged when compared to animals.

  2. GEORGE ORWELL A comparative study of Burmese Days, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty- ...

    When Orwell arrived in Barcelona he was astonished about the atmosphere he found there. What had seemed impossible in England seemed a fact of daily life in Spain. Class distiction seemed to have vanished. Ther was a shortage of everything but there was equality.

  1. George Orwell - "Shooting an Elephant" (1936).

    discovering the creature, apparently calm and past it's attack of 'must', he decides not to shoot it. Elephants were expensive to buy, keep and train, and as such, worth a lot of money alive - dead, they were worth only the value of their tusks.

  2. How far does 1984 reflect the times in which it was written and how ...

    It gives a sense of the controlling nature of the society in which the citizens of 1984 lived; constantly being watched by the eyes of Big Brother. It was similar to the blackouts enforced during World War II where wardens' patrolled neighbourhood, and failure to conform, resulted in humiliating offenders in front of their neighbours.

  1. The purpose of dystopian literature is to dehumanize the individual To what extent ...

    It may be the case that the absurd of their journey is dehumanising yet it is through this cyclical process that McCarthy allows their humanity to shine through. In terms of 'The Road' the man and boy must walk, just as Sisyphus had to roll, however the absurdity of their

  2. Animal Farm

    Boxer was the most loyal worker on the farm, he worked all day and more whenever he could, because he believed that he should work as hard as he can while he still has the strength and then he could spend his days relaxing and grazing in the fields when he got older, but that was not the case.

  1. Orwell uses several different writing styles in

    The use of hyperboles "then he pressed it lovingly into place with his fat, pink fingers, every one of which he has licked a hundred times that morning." This is a clear exaggeration as it very unlikely that the chef would have liked his fingers "a hundred times that morning."

  2. Abuse Of Language In Order To Gain Authority In "Animal Farm" by George Orwell

    He and the other pigs have a chance to abuse the language because the animals in the farm are illiterate and the same pigs neglect to educate them as well. When pigs start to claiming the windfall apples, Squealer explains that they are not taking them as privilege but because

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work