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Literary Essay: "Animal Farm" By George Orwell, The Ultimate Corruption Of Napoleon

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"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely."-Lord ActonThroughout time there have been many rulers. Many of these rulers' desire for power overtook their ability to govern wisely and compassionately. Numerous rulers began with ethical beliefs and true concern for their people but as their own personal need to control others grew so did their level of destructive behavior. Once they became a figure of authority and refused to heed any advisor's warning of caution, they were drawn into a deteriorating position from which they could no longer escape, slowly acquiring a quality of total self-absorption, attached with a merciless sense of cruelty towards others. ...view middle of the document...

He doesn't educate them for their own good or for the good of all, however, but rather for his own benefit. They become his own private army or secret police, a violent means by which he imposes his will on others.As Napoleon obtains greater domination over the animals he decides that it would be in the best interest of all the animals if he were to rule autonomously. When Snowball has finally completed his plans for the windmill, all assemble for a grand meeting to decide whether to undertake the windmill project. Both Napoleon and Snowball represent their opposing opinions. However, just as the animals prepare to vote, Napoleon gives a strange whimper, and nine enormous dogs charge into the barn, attack Snowball and chase him off the farm. As a result of doing so Napoleon acquires sole supremacy over the animals, resulting in further corruption.While ruling, Napoleon uses Squealer as a middleman between the animals and himself he mainly uses Squealer to assist him to twist the truth as a form of propaganda. After Snowball is chased off the farm, the animals are in utter shock and disbelief, so Squealer approaches them and convinces them that Snowball was nothing but a traitor. Squealer also explains that Napoleon is making a great sacrifice in taking the leadership responsibilities upon himself and that, as the cleverest animal, he serves the best interest of all by making the decisions. By deceiving the animals Napoleon increases their trust in him, consequently raising his level of tyrannical authority.As the novel nears to an end, each of the seven commandments, the basis of Animal Farm, are completely distorted because of Napoleon's negative influence.1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; Napoleon prefers to interact with humans as opposed to animals and feels they are much more superior and does lots of business with the neighboring human farmers. Napoleon, as...

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