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How does George Orwell present power in Animal Farm

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´╗┐How does George Orwell present the theme of power in Animal Farm? In this essay I will be looking at how George Orwell presents the theme of power in Animal Farm. I will be focusing on the characters ?Snowball and Napoleon?. Throughout the story Napoleon was mean and cruel to Snowball to gain power and make Snowball look bad. As Snowball lost power and trust within all the animals in the farm, Napoleon gained more power to the point where Snowball was powerless and Napoleon had all the power. George Orwell published the book ?Animal Farm? in 1945 on 17th August. According to George Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War 2. Animal Farm was not released until after the war because publishers feared to touch it until that time. Animal Farm is based on the Russian Revolution of 1917, which ended the reign of tsars and began communism in Russia. ...read more.


Snowball is Napoleon?s rival and is the original head of the farm after Jones? overthrow. Snowball is mainly based on Leon Trotsky; Old major represents Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx. He wins over most of the animals and gains their trust by leading a very successful first harvest. But Snowball is driven out of the farm by Napoleon. Snowball genuinely works for the good of the farm and the animals, and devises plans to help the animals achieve their best, but Napoleon and his dogs eventually chase him from the farm. After Snowball was gone, Napoleon spreads rumours to make him seem evil and corrupt; ?They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws. In a moment he was out of the door and they were after him. Too amazed and frightened to speak, all the animals crowded through the door to watch the chase. ...read more.


This shows Napoleon still carrying on, using all his power to gain more and more till the animals will bow down to him. It is not always beneficial for all when some people gain total power. In the wrong hands it can make them corrupt. In this case, Napoleon abused the power that he gained and neglected the animals. Conclusion: George Orwell tried to get across to the world how the Russian rulers (mostly Stalin and Trotsky) abused their power by being selfish and cruel (represented by Napoleon). His goal in writing in Animal Farm was to speak out against Russian Communism, and tell the world that the rulers of Russia were ruling unacceptably cruelly, exactly how Napoleon decided to treat all the animals (mostly Snowball) in Animal Farm. George Orwell was telling the people of Russia that they did not have to put up with the cruel leaders and they could change the leaders. It was not communism that was wrong, but the people in charge. They became cruel and obsessed with power which is similar of what Napoleon did when he got power. ...read more.

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