Animal Farm - Power Corrupts

Animal Farm - Power Corrupts

In George Orwell\'s Animal Farm, power and
control of the farm shifts from Mr. Jones to Snowball and from Snowball
to Napoleon. Each, no matter how well their leadership, was corrupted by
power in some way as compared to Russian leaders of the time. The most
corrupt, Napoleon, uses several methods of gaining more power and luxury.

Like Stalin, Napoleon uses a Propaganda

Department to make himself look good. The one responsible for Napoleon\'s
looking good and propaganda is Squealer. With a name like Squealer he better
be damn good using his wits to Napoleon\'s and the pigs\' advantage. In the
seventh chapter, Squealer responds to Boxer\'s question of whether Snowball
fought bravely at the Battle of the Cowshed by making Snowball look deceiving.

He says, "That was our mistake, comrade. For we know now - it is all written
down in secret documents that we have found - in reality he was trying
to lure us to our doom." This quote proves that propaganda was used to
make Napoleon look good and his opponents look evil. One of many reasons

Napoleon and Squealer get away with these false allegations is that the
animals are too dumb to remember what happened.

Another way Napoleon uses methods to make
him look good is simply changing the rules to favor himself. Squealer again
is responsible for the wrongdoing. All of the Seven Commandments of Animal

Farm are eventually broken before the commandments are "revised" to prove
the pigs did nothing wrong. In the eighth chapter, the commandment that
strictly forbids animals to kill one another was cunningly changed to "No
animal shall kill any other animal without cause" after a series of executions
of supposed traitors and probable Snowball followers. Napoleon forced confessions
and eliminated these probable traitors under the newly revised rule. The
new rule favored his popularity, respect, and increased his hunger for

Napoleon\'s actions were not unnoticed though.

Those who noticed were intimidated by his guard dogs and were silenced.

In one situation, young pigs protested Napoleon\'s leadership. "But suddenly
the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep, menacing growls, and the
pigs fell silent and sat down again." Violence worked perfectly to drive
away any opponent Napoleon might have had. Without any opposition, Napoleon
is free to do his own bidding. As a result, Napoleon again is drowned with
power and pride because the animals must respect him, or they will be turned
into corpses.

Too much power brings the worse in us.

Any amount of power also corrupts. Great or little power corrupts us in
a way that only seems natural to instincts of an animal.