Animal Farm: How Power Can Corrupt)
‘Animal Farm’, by George Orwell, is a book that shows how quickly leaders can be corrupted and how it can draw in a different way to the characters in the novel. Despite the fact that power can be quickly corrupted in the hands of an autocrat, power is both ethically excellent and bad. Old Major, prior to his death holds his power for the good of his fellow comrades. After the death of the Major, the characters; Napoleon and Squealer abuse their usage of power for bad. As there use of power is unrestricted the holders of power are accountable to be corrupted causing there fellow pals to suffer from their actions and consequences.
As being named and viewed as ‘Major’ by the other animals in Manor Farm. The significant was seen as a crucial figure and was well appreciated in the farm. The Major handed down his knowledge and knowledge to the animals telling them of a future without labour and difficulty. The Significant used his power for the greater great for the other animals whether they were intelligent or not; that all animals were to be equivalent and that if any animal breaking this commandment; he or she would be the very same as the enemy; the ‘humans’. The very first sign of corruption grew upon Napoleon who saw his possibility of power.
Napoleon was viewed as the greatest example of Corruption in the book; his usage of power was for his own purpose, utilizing the risk of force and browbeating to compel the other animals to do his bidding and commands. He utilizes propaganda to puzzle and brainwash some animals in thinking what he is doing is for the greater good of the animals and their home. Using the Napoleon’s individual canines was to threaten any animal that opposes his command or protests’. Browbeating was also utilized by Napoleon to trick the unintelligent animals that are quickly being misinformed.
As Napoleon’s power is unrestricted, he goes further and even more with his power abusing it as far as alternating the whole commandment’s all animals lived by. It reveals that the attraction for power had already seeped into Napoleons mind after the revolution. Persuasion was what brought most of the animals in the farm in trusting Napoleon with their life that brang them to the end of equality of the animals in the farm. Squealer was one accountable for this outcome. Squealer utilized temptation to encourage the animals to never ever stop working and that in the end it will be beneficial for all of them.
Propaganda was to seal any idea of the pigs being corrupt, the animals brainwashed in believing that Napoleon was right and to continuously alter Napoleon’s title and contribution to the fights. Given that the majority of the animals in the farm either has short memory or are unintelligent, Squealer utilizes control to make the most of this, altering previous outcomes or commandments to choose for Napoleon. Due to the fact that Napoleon offers Squealer the power he requires in order to change the view of the animals, Squealer is slowly damaged as he seeks more. Throughout the entire novel, Corruption and Power was a key principle in it.
Different characters had their own different method of utilizing power. Old Major, the previous leader of Manor Farm, utilized his power for the higher good for the farm rather of using it for just himself; such as Napoleon who uses force to get what he desires. Squealer was the eyes and ears for Napoleon, without him; Napoleon could not encourage everybody on his own for that reason Adjustment had to be utilized by Squealer to change the animal’s ideas. This concludes that power does not completely corrupt those why hold it. However only those who seek it on their own as there are attracted to the thought of tremendous unlimited power. Brandonn Tran