Animal Farm by George Orwell-- The Corruption of Power

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The Corruption of Power

"Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed" is stating that anyone who comes into power, especially too much power, will turn into what they least wanted to become. In Animal Farm, by George Orwell, Napoleon obtains too much power and becomes just like what the leader the animals deposed of, Mr. Jones. The animals' revolution was lost, just like all revolutions, because of one person having too much power. Humans crave power and once they get it, they will self destruct and take everyone else with them in the process.

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, showed how power corrupts everything very well. The pigs first had power because they were thought to be the most intelligent animals on the farm. After all, they could read and write! Gradually, the other animals on the farm let the pigs have more and more power.

The animals didn't realize that the revolution was slowly being changed into just what the pigs wanted. The first sign of the pigs having too much power was when they took the apples and milk for themselves. The pigs saw what they could have without anyone noticing the injustice of it all and they greedily took it. When Napoleon got rid of Snowball the animals had even less of what they wanted from the revolution. Yet, none were willing to rebel because they were so happy about not having a human ruler. They were so happy just to be harvesting and eating their own food.) Once the pigs started changing the commandments most of the animals, especially the smart ones like Benjamin, realized that the pigs were in complete power. The pigs changed the commandments to fit their needs, such as sleeping...