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"Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely" Orwell succeeded in his book 'ANIMAL FARM' to prove that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Old Major is considered to be the leader of the revolution. Old Major's speech is a turning point in our novel, it's the motion that leads the animals to rebel and seek their freedom. Old Major's dream is but a new hope for better life. Yet power would creep to destroy everything and show that corruption is found everywhere. The animals set themselves up as a commune. Cut off from the world of humans, they resolve to live peaceably together with each participant working according to his/her ability and taking according to his/her need. The rules of the farm are simple and designed to prevent the animals from emulating the ways of men. Things go relatively well at the outset, but the pigs are..Well pigs. They begin to take more than their share of everything from apples to power. ...read more.


Throughout "Animal Farm", he fails to present a single original idea and in actuality, rips off other after they have been exiled. Similarly to Stalin, Napoleon isn't a pro in oratory and most definitely isn't as clear as his political rival. However, he has a slight advantage, resident "smooth-talker", Squealer. He is described by, "a small fat pig...with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice...a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whishing his tail which was somehow very persuasive. The others said he could turn black into white. This gossipmonger sole purpose seems to be to go around telling the animals that Napoleon's ideas are the best. This also of course was a satire of the perspicacity of politics, with Stalin's Arliss Michaels (Agent) being represented by Squealer. Why none of the animals would rebel against Napoleon? It was because of two things: 1) ...read more.


Napoleon originates all the new regulation on the farm which increasas the animal's hardships, by working for sixty hours a week, while on the other hand and under his protection none of the pigs produce and food or do any manual work. He also improved the pigs living condition by making them live in Mr. Jones farmhouse. Napoleon keeps away from the other animals at the end of the book. He takes private apartments in the farmhouse and makes a rule that the animals must step aside when he passes. His dishonesty is clearly seen at the end of the book, when we see him imitation man and walking on his hind leg-the human image here is the symbol of capitalist oppression. In the end, when Napoleon changed the seven commandments to just one that accommodated himself perfectly: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS Napoleon's rise to power corrupted him, which in turn corrupted his society. In conclusion, Lord Acton was positively correct when he said, "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely". -1- ...read more.

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