Allegory of Power in Animal Farm

In Animal Farm, George Orwell is allegorically trying to prove that power corrupts people. People want more than what they have already because humans are greedy. They think that the more they have, the more satisfaction they will earn.

The more power they have, they get more control over something. After they get to that point where power isn’t a problem for them anymore, they will control the others to do things for them. All these things lead them to corruption. The book is in the genre of historical fiction because animals definitely are unable to speak and the story is based on history that actually occurred. Snowball and Napoleon both are the leaders in this book, but Napoleon is the one who craves power.

He does anything to get to the top, which includes killing some of his comrades. To get more control over the animals, he chases Snowball out of the farm because Snowball was an obstacle from getting him to where he wants to be. After Snowball’s expulsion from the farm, Napoleon uses the Snowball’s name as an excuse for the bad things in the farm.

He starts changing the commandments so that the rules match to what he wants. In the commandments, it reads that the animals are not allowed to sleep in the house, but Napoleon changes it so that the pigs get the privilege of sleeping inside. Also, he orders that the pigs get the majority of the food because of their intelligence. Napoleon gets all of what he wants, but eventually the farm will collapse under his rule.

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On top of the things that Napoleon already did in order to earn more power, he uses his power as a source to control the animals of the farm. He and the pigs act just like how Jones and the other farmers were. They live in comfort without having to do any labor, but the other animals are forced into labor with the exchange of food. The windmill was originally planned by Snowball, but Napoleon stole his idea and said that the plan came out of his head. (Orwell 57.

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