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Power Corrupts In Animal Farm Essay

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As Lord Acton once said “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1887). As we look back into history we find that leaders tend to change after taking power. All they need is one little spark to light up something bad. One little change here, one little change there is all it takes. Napoleon, in George Orwell’s Animal Farm changes one rule after another to fit him and Squealers needs, thus corrupting them in the end. Napoleon and Squealer show that power corrupts leaders through their actions and attitudes toward the society and the animals that work to do the best they can to improve the Farm.
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Squealer was known for is good public speaking and his ability to persuade the animals to do whatever him and Napoleon wanted them to do. Squealer represents the propaganda of government. Squealer working with Napoleon is like the government working with Stalin. Squealer often gets caught in arguments but always finds a way to get out of it. This is like the Pravda which was a daily paper that came to prominence after the Bolshevik Revolution, and was the official voice of the Soviet Party in the 1930’s. Squealer would also take advantage of the not so smart animals using propaganda. The government would used lies to sway people in support of them and was greatly assisted by the fact that education was quite limited.
Next is Snowball, the pig who challenges Napoleon for control of Animal Farm after the rebellion. Snowball represents Leon Trotsky, an intelligent, passionate, and less devious than Napoleon. He helped lead the “October Revolution,” which was “Battle at the Cowshed” and got rid of Czar Nicolas II who was Mr. Jones. Snowball seems to win the loyalty of the other animals but after Napoleon chased him away with his guard dogs, who represent the NKVD (later the KGB), Napoleon was to take power.
Napoleon the corrupt leader behind Animal Farm represents Stalin. Napoleon was a bad public speaker, the same as Stalin, and both were not as educated as their competitor. Snowball becomes too much of a threat so Napoleon chases him away. Trotsky becomes too much of a threat so Stalin has him killed. Napoleon sees humans as the ultimate evil and Stalin sees the Russian Kulaks, who were a class of peasant farmers who owned their own land, as evil. Just as Stalin made a five year plan to increase industrial progress, Napoleon made a three year plan to have the windmill built. Boxer was a loyal follower of Napoleon and was worked to the ground just as Stalin worked peasants to their death.
The corruption all began with the death of Old Major. His death brought upon the rise of the pigs because they were the most cleaver animals on the farm. After rebelling, the pigs made laws that needed to be followed. “Beasts of England” would have to be sung every day, and on the anniversary of “Battle at the Cowshed” one shot would be fired from Mr. Jones’ gun. Later in the story, Napoleon and Squealer start to take advantage of some of the animals. The intellectually inferior were easy to gain as followers, like Boxer and the sheep. Squealer would use propaganda and tell the animals lies so that they would not be suspicious of anything. One example of a lie is the milk and apples. The animals were wondering where all the milk and apples were and the pigs told them that they ate them, which they did. The other animals questioned them. So Squealer told them that they need to eat the milk and apples or else Jones will come back. A little later, Napoleon and Squealer modify the rules to fit what they need. The rule use to be “No...

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