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About The Book "Animal Farm" By George Orwell. How Power Corrupts And How Absoloute Power Corrupts Absoloutelty.

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Authors often present the idea in their novels that the more powerful a character becomes the more likely they are to be corrupt and if they gain absolute power that they will become absolutely corrupt. A text that illustrates this, is "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, which shows the journey in which the animals of the farm rebel and eventually gain control of Manor Farm. The pig's growth of absolute power is strengthened by their ability to read and write, Napoleon's rise to power, the use of propaganda and their ultimate selfishness. Orwell uses this progression of the pig's power to exemplify to the reader how absolute power creates absolute corruption.The pigs use their skill of reading and writing as initial advantage over the rest of the animals before and during the rebellion. The pigs learn in secret how to write from an old spelling book owned by Farmer Jones and after old Major had died and the aftermath of the rebellion had dissipated the pigs become leaders due to their ability to read and write. 'The work of teaching and organising the others fell naturally upon the pigs who were generally recognised as being the cleverest' (pg. 10). As the pigs are almost the only ones that can read, they write the seven commandments and this power is later abused when they change the commandments to suit themselves.As the pigs gain more power they take a step towards becoming corrupt. We can see this in the novel through the disappearance of the milk and apples. 'So the animals trooped down to the hayfield to begin the harvest, and when they came back in the evening it was noticed that the milk had disappeared.' (Pg. 18) It is revealed later in the novel to the other animals by a pig called Squealer that the milk and apples were being given to the pigs to maintain their health. After realising that the pigs are able to get away with this Napoleon becomes more daring with his deception of the other animals in the farm. In one instance Napoleon uses the excuse of educating the young to take nine sturdy puppies away from their mother. 'As soon as they were weaned Napoleon took them away from their mothers and kept them in such seclusion that the rest of the farm soon forgot their existence.' (pg.25) However Napoleon doesn't educated them but rather teaches them to hate Snowball who is a threat towards Napoleon, and this comes to a head when Snowball is chased out of a meeting in the barn by these now enormous dogs. Without Snowball Napoleon is free to control the farm animals without question and this is a step in his rise to absolute power.The pigs and Napoleon continue to gain power and are able to get away with it through propaganda by mainly one person, 'The others said Squealer could turn black into white.' (pg.11) Squealer's task is to suggest, manipulate and blatantly lie to the other animals in order to get them to realise that the pigs aren't doing anything that's against the rules of Animalism. 'You have heard comrades that we pigs now sleep...

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