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Power and Possession in Animal Farm

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Power and Possession Have you ever felt that rush of excitement when you can do whatever you want without thinking of the consequences? If so, wasn't it one of the greatest feelings you've ever felt? The feelings that describe us that we are leaders, that we have followers and our every move are important to the people around us? Power is the one possession that everyone desires. It lets you feel that one can do anything he or she wants without the consequences of his or her actions. In George Orwell's illuminating fable of "Animal Farm," he describes how a pig named Napoleon takes over an entire farm. Napoleon, with his sly group of trustworthy pigs, maintains power and takes over "Manor Farm" by using the concepts of intimidation, fear, and persuasion. Intimidation is a malicious, yet intelligent way to gather up people to join a force. By intimidating someone, one would be too frightened to stand up for his or her self. ...read more.


Whether they sided with Snowball, stole small amounts of food, or lied about a doing, they would be sentenced to their own death. Thus, intimidation is one of the wicked ways to gain power. However, it is not the only way. Napoleon, with his nasty brilliance, uses fear in addition to maintaining power. Fear? Some can say they are afraid of pain, death, or facing the miserable realities of life. In this case, the animals on "Manor Farm" fear what would happen if their former owner, Jones would come back. If Jones were to come back to the farm and take over once again, the animals would believe that they would be under abusive treatment, pain, and stress. An example of this doing is, "It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades, surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?" ...read more.


"I warn every animal on this farm to keep his eyes wide open. For we have reason to think that some of Snowball's secret agents are lurking among us at this moment!" This combination of fear and persuasiveness has helped Napoleon work his way to the peak of class. Since Squealer follows Napoleon's orders, he has helped him persuade the animals to side with Napoleon instead of Snowball for it is said that Snowball had sided with Jones. So in the end, intimidation, fear, and persuasion combined have overcome every move, and knowledge of the animals. In addition to Napoleon's tactics to maintaining power, the innocent animals of Manor Farm tricked without any precaution, are under control of the great comrade Napoleon. Intimidation, by the use of dogs and torture has compelled the animals to undergo his powers. Fear from Jones has frightened them to give up leisure time to work together and rethink a way to overcome humans. Furthermore, persuasion, with the help of the spectacular Squealer has played a trick in the minds of many helpless, and oblivious animals of Manor Farm. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nguyen 1 ...read more.

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