The Power of Corruption and the Corruption of power

*SPOILER ALERT*

Does Napoleon seem like a good leader to you? What were the positive and negative rules or events that were made by his decisions? Napoleon did many things that made no difference from what Mr. Jones did in the past after the Rebellion. The book “Animal Farm” by George Orwell has a very powerful, meaningful theme: Power corrupts when one possesses it. (Adjectives out of order)

This theme affects the story from the beginning to the end. In the beginning of the book, it starts off with Mr. Jones taking care of the farm and all the animals obeying him. (Participial phrase) After the Rebellion, everything changed. Snowball and Napoleon and the other pigs started guiding the other animals with their knowledge. They made the Seven Commandments that had seven rules the animals must follow. When Napoleon’s dogs chased Snowball out of the farm, he had all the power. All the animals listened to him, especially Boxer. ‘Napoleon is always right,’ (70) Boxer was very loyal to Napoleon, he would always say that Napoleon is always right even when he was lying to the other animals. (Infinitive Phrase) Throughout the book, George Orwell shows several points of how Napoleon tries to get more power. In the end, the farm corrupts. “It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back!” (52) When the pigs had control over the farm, they kept most of the food for themselves because they thought that they were the most important members and without them, there wouldn’t be a Rebellion. Their theories were not fair, they had a lot of food, but they did not make their own food, and had a large amount. “But still, neither pigs nor dogs produced any food by their own labour; and there were very many of them, and their appetites were always good.” (129) Because of the power that Napoleon had, he could do whatever he wanted without thinking about the opinions of the other animals. This wasn’t good because the farm started falling apart. Napoleon changed all the rules and the hopes and dreams they had in the beginning with Old Major. The other farm animals dreams and hopes was to live on the farm without humans and live like animals. Napoleon changed their dreams and made it the opposite. “‘You have heard then, comrades,’ he said, ‘that we pigs now sleep in the beds of the farmhouse? And why not? You did not suppose, surely that there was ever a ruling against beds? A bed merely means a place to sleep in.’” (80) This quote was when Napoleon was arguing about how he wasn’t breaking the rules and he was right. Animals were not supposed to sleep on beds, but Napoleon was changing the rules. (Participial phrase) Any animal in “Animal Farm” who had the power and control over the farm and the other animals, will use that power for the wrong purpose and using it for their own.

“It was a few days later than this that the pigs came upon a case of whisky in the cellars of the farmhouse.” (111) “It was a pig walking on his hind legs.” (132)

Napoleon slept on beds, started drinking whisky, and learned how to walk on their hind legs! (Absolut Phrase) The two quotes show us that Napoleon isn’t using his power the right way and he’s abusing it. The other animals don’t realize it until the end of the book. “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (139) On the night when all the pigs and the other human farmers, Mr. Pilkington and Mr. Frederick, were playing cards and drinking beer, the other animals finally understood. (Appositive Phrase) Wearing clothes, drinking beer, playing cards, and talking to humans weren’t allowed, but all the pigs were breaking the rules. (Gerunds) They couldn’t tell the difference between animals and humans. The animals were acting like humans. (Action verbs-action) Comparing this to the beginning, nothing changed when Mr. Jones was here. They never got rid of the humans and lived like animals. (Action verb-Passive)

Throughout the whole book, it always relates to the theme: Power corrupts when one possesses it. That’s why this theme is so powerful and important. Everything Napoleon does is for himself and not for the farm. He posses the power and uses it for the bad. The consequence of that is, the farm starts to corrupt and falls apart. (prepositional phrase)

 

 

 

 

 

Never Forget Boxer

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This found poem was created by using the book “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and Adobe Photoshop. I took words and phrases from the book to create the poem. This poem is about the characterization of one of the characters named, Boxer.

 

Boxer is not the main character in the book. He is a horse along with Clover in “Animal Farm”. However, he played a huge part in making the Windmill and the Battle of the Cowshed. Without Boxer, the Windmill wouldn’t have been complete and the farm wouldn’t be as successful in the beginning. In the story, Boxer is being described as a strong and muscular horse. He would arrange one of the cockerels to wake him up half an hour earlier than the other animals. He would also volunteer labour before the normal work began. Boxer was very determined, hard worker, and very loyal. Not only did Boxer help build the Windmill and volunteer labour, he was a brave fighter in the Battle of the Cowshed. Boxer isn’t very smart, but instead of thinking about himself, he worries about the farm. Because of Boxer’s attitude and his work, many of the animals admire him. His personal motto is: “I will work harder!” As you can see, the poem above talks about his physical appearance and his motto. You can see his characterization and his personality through this poem.

 

Picture citation:

“Boxer from Animal Farm, George Orwell.” Sandra Lynn Gray Art. N.p., 07 Oct. 2007. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.