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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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