Animal Farm Essay
If you repeat the actions of your enemy, how does that make you any different from them?
The character Napoleon is a great example of this theme. At the beginning of the story, he planned a rebellion against the humans, and was always saying how horrible the humans treated the animals. But as the story progresses, you start to notice that Napoleon is becoming more and more like the humans he was trying to get rid of. This is shown through his actions. Specifically, when he sends Boxer away to be slaughtered, when he steals the extra food and uses it for the pigs’ benefit, and when he makes trades with neighboring farms.
When Benjamin says “Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willingdon. Dealer in Hides and Bone- Meal. Kennels Supplied.’ Do you not understand what that means? They are taking Boxer to the knacker’s!” (pg. 122 )When Boxer is found to be unable to work, Napoleon doesn’t want to waste his food and space on an animal who can’t contribute to the farm, so he decides to get rid of him. And thats exactly what the old farmer would have done. The animals knew that when humans could no longer use an animal, they would dispose of them. Napoleon only thinks about himself at this point in the book, and how to benefit him. After he sent Boxer away, he told the animals that it was a big misunderstanding, just so he could win back the animals.
When the animals first take over the farm, they collect the windfall of apples. Soon after, they notice that the apples had gone missing. Previously the milk had gone missing. When the animals find out that the pigs had taken these for their own benefit, none of them really question it. Since the pigs were a lot smarter than most of the animals, they were good at manipulating them and making them believe whatever the pigs wanted. The pigs tell the animals that the apples and...