April 15, 2014
The Power of Time
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm farm animals drive their cruel owner out to have independence. After this rebellion, the pigs being naturally smart take the role as leaders. The pigs are able to keep their rule because they take advantage of the animals’ horrible memory and lie about the past in order to benefit themselves and sustain a better rule for the future.
The pigs are taking advantage of the animals’ inability to comprehend what is going on to make it seem like Napoleon was planning the exile of Snowball. When Snowball and Napoleon are debating whether or not to build the windmill, Napoleon scares Snowball away and takes ...view middle of the document...
“We had thought that Snowball's rebellion was caused simply by his vanity and ambition. But we were wrong, comrades. Do you know what the real reason was? Snowball was in league with Jones from the very start! He was Jones's secret agent all the time. It has all been proved by documents which he left behind him and which we have only just discovered.” (49)
Napoleon relieves himself from taking the blame by giving the word about the discovery of documents which can be counted as materialistic. The fact that the animals are not too smart made it easy to be manipulated into believing the documents to be true. With the aid of Squealer, a strong persuasive speaker on the pigs’ side, this makes it even easier to persuade the animals into believing in the leadership by Napoleon.
Another way Napoleon used to maintain his power was by taking advantage of younger generations. Using this method, it will eventually mold the generation into the generation that fits the interest of the one who took initiative of eying the younger generation. When the animals were in the midst of confusion about the dogs.
“At first no one had been able to imagine where these creatures came from, but the problem was soon solved:...