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The Evil Virtues Of Greed And Corruption

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In the novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, tactics such as,“ the ends justify the means” play a vital role in developing the storyline. Animal Farm is set during the Russian Revolution and Orwell uses animals, such as pigs and horses, to portray Joseph Stalin and his loyal, yet blindsided followers. Napoleon, a pig who takes the position of Stalin in the novel, leads the other animals in a battle against the humans to free themselves from their miseries on the farm. The animals’ memories of their misery on the farm prevent them from celebrating their newfound freedom. Throughout the novel, Napoleon attempts to gain power through diabolical strategies and extensive manipulation, just as the humans once did to him. In an attempt to grasp power, new leaders apply the same tactics previously used on them, promoting the evil virtues of greed and corruption.
Throughout the novel, Napoleon cultivates a pig hierarchy, displaying his greed for power and supremacy. Although Napoleon stresses the fact that the animals are better off now than under the rule of Mr. Jones, the animals sense that there is a hierarchy forming within the stables when the pigs begin to treat the others unfairly. As the pigs gain more power, they begin to take advantage of the other animals, ultimately putting them in worse positions than they were in under the rule of humans. This is exemplified by the ubiquitous obligation to keep the pigs healthy: “The importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all too obvious. So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and the windfall apples…should be reserved for the pigs alone”(36). The prohibition of any animal other than the pigs to eat the apples is one of the most important indicators of an emerging hierarchy. Napoleon slowly begins to break all of the commandments agreed upon by the animals. In doing this, his greed and desire for power is exposed and eventually, all 7 commandments are replaced by one universal claim: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (135). This quote exemplifies how Napoleon’s rise to power and establishment of a pig hierarchy contributes to his success as a leader.
Napoleon not only creates false hope, but also deceives the animals into believing that everything is better than before and by doing this, he is able to gain power through corruption. Napoleon and his right hand man, Squealer, use the word “comrades” to refer to the other animals in order to persuade them into thinking that they are all equal when in fact, it underhandedly promotes him to the status of “leader.” Another deception brought upon the animals is Beasts of England, the one song...

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