Animal farm

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Pigs walking on two feet, horses and sheep talking. This is how George Orwell ridicules human nature in his novel Animal Farm. Animal Farm is a parable of the Russian Revolution of 1917. The animals in the story decide to have a revolution and take control over the farm from the humans. Soon the story shows us how certain groups move from the original ideals of the revolution to a situation where there is domination by one group and submission by all the others. The main idea in this story is the political corruption of what was once a pure political ideal. When a person gains power over other people it seems inevitable that a moral weakness develops in the person who exercises that power.

The power that Napoleon obtains ultimately corrupts him, and makes him forget, or choose to ignore, all the values and attitudes of Animalism.

By doing this, he ignores the basic essentials that he should be fighting for. The power that Napoleon attains when he gains leadership of the farm corrupts him gradually until he reaches a state of absolute corruption. Corrupted by power, we see that he becomes increasingly like the humans that the animals had overthrown in the recent past.

The more he is exposed to his absolute power, the more he abuses it and therefore the more corrupted he becomes. In the beginning he abuses his power in small ways, by moving into the manor and also sleeping in a bed. He then progresses to begin trade with humans and finally sharing alcohol with humans, in the farm house. With his initial abuses of power, he includes the other pigs, but as he progressively gets more corrupted, he only thinks of himself. Napoleon, being a sly, selfish and witty pig, becomes...