Short Essay on George Orwell's Novel Animal Farm

In George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, he uses animals instead of humans to show the way in which power corrupts. The animals go from being ruled by humans, to overruling the humans and gaining power over the farm. “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” is shown through the pigs rise to power once, Old Major gives a speech about a dream he had. This dream was then followed and there was a change to absolute control and power.
For the animals, Mr Jones had the power over “Manor farm”. He was the one who looked after the animals and fed them “if he were gone, we would starve to death”. The Animals believed that man was bad, and that they should never to turn out to be like them. Old Major, who was a well-respected pig “he was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour’s sleep to listen to what he had to say” died, leaving the animals with the idea of rebellion from a dream he had. The animals immediately took control and decided what needed to be done.

The pigs, Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer, being the cleverest of all of the animals, start to express the idea of self-government and try to take on the roles of humans to run the farm. The pigs make the animals do all of the work such as the harvesting and the building of the windmill. Napoleon and Snowball created the 7 commandments on which all of the animals must follow and obey. One of the commandments states that “all animals are equal” and that all of the animals should have the same rights. The pigs take all of the milk and apples and explain that they are more deserving because of the work they have been doing. This shows greed and lies that they only want the food for themselves.

Napoleon becomes power thirsty and all he wants to do is have the power to control everyone. He urinated on snowballs plan for the windmill because he was jealous of what he had come up with. Afterwards he took all of the credit for what had been done. Napoleon forces snowball to leave the farm, by having the dogs chase him out. He has now got absolute power towards all of the animals, because he knows that snowball has now gone and everything relies on himself. Napoleon orders the hens to give up their eggs for food or else he will kill them. The hens feel they have to do this or else napoleons powers will get the better of them. “If comrade napoleon says it, then it must be right”.

The pigs end up becoming so power addicted that they break all of the 7 commandments that they promised to follow by in the start. The pigs begin to wear clothes, sleep in beds inside the farm house and walk on two legs taking on human traits. The commandment that once stated “four legs good, two legs bad” now states “four legs good, two legs better”. The pigs have altered the commandments to suit themselves and not express any wrongdoing. “the creatures outside looked from pig to man, man to pig, and then pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which”.
In conclusion, power corrupts on the pigs and mostly napoleon because they become too dependent on the power they have. Napoleons, greed gets the better of himself and he ends up doing the things along with the pigs that he did not want to do at first.

The power that the pigs once held went corrupted as they started to break what they once thought was right.