Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution is an example which portrays how power tends to corrupt, and absolute power can corrupt absolutely. In the novel it has displayed how absolute power can corrupt a society through a leader. People with power will become corrupt and so do the people under their authority, but people with absolute power will corrupt absolutely because no one is standing in their way. If a society does not have a leader than nothing would work, therefore someone has to rise up to take on this role. Even though it is a challenging role, leaders will be misled by their greed of power. Their intentions of the society would be for the good at first but they often become the opposite once their greed of power corrupts them, making them do all sort of things to maintain their position.
George Orwell the author has portrayed this theme of greed and power, and how these things can corrupt a society.
For example in the beginning of the novel the idea of animalism was formed by Old Major's utopia speech, but soon after his death it became a struggle for power between the pigs. Snowball used his intentions for the good of the farm but soon afterwards Napoleon stepped in and took over. His greed for power was overwhelming for he started corrupting the idea of animalism and the seven commandments. In the begging the pigs were the cleverest ones therefore they were put in charge. This means that the power the three pigs received had already corrupted them, and then Napoleon came along and received absolute power which corrupted absolutely because no one stood in his way.
Even though Napoleon has received absolute power it is his servants...