Theme Essay - Animal Farm
In the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell, we see a recurring theme throughout the course of the story of corruption of leadership and power. “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades” stated Old Major, which contributed immensely to the outcome of Animal Farm. Orwell focuses on tyranny and how it evolves as Animal Farm also advances. We can see the theme shown through Napoleon’s manipulation and changing commandments.
Pigs walking on two feet, horses and sheep talking. This is how George Orwell satirizes human nature. Just like humans, Orwell shows us how animals too, grow with power. As everyone knows with power comes change. At the beginning when Old Major gives his final speech he informs the animals that equality is needed and that Animal Farm needs to progress forward. After he dies it is a battle between Snowball and Napoleon to see who will continue to carry on Old Majors dream, Napoleon wins through manipulation and deceiving other animals.
Napoleon, the “superior” pig in charge of Animal Farm gains immense power throughout the novel. As soon as Napoleon rose to power he began to oppress his fellow animals. Eventually he became a dictator, controlling the lives of comrades. Napoleon begins to over power and brainwash his own citizens into a life of hard labour and misery. He becomes even worse and more controlling than Mr Jones, the reason the Revolution for equality began. Napoleon corrupted his power by not continuing on the legacy of Old Major. Old Major told of equality among animals, Napoleon stated all animals WERE equal, but how can equality be achieved when Napoleon is giving orders, telling animals what they can and can’t do, telling some animals they have to work and others they don’t. So how is that equal? It isn’t, the animals weren’t blind to the fact that Napoleon treated the pigs, his own kind, with more respect and dignity than the others. This shows that after Napoleon’s power was received, he abused it by proving he was the powerful one and corrupting all the other animals’ way of life.
The animals that were treated...