Novel Review Animal Farm

'Animal Farm' is a novel by British author George Orwell, whose main idea with the novel was to tell the story of the Russian Revolution, thus being said, he explored many different ideas and themes in the book, the most frequent theme being power and at often times, corruption. During the Russian Revolution, Orwell mimicked its events with the animals and humans on the farm, and I agree that Orwell is trying to prove that power corrupts those who possess it, as power corrupted many of the leaders involved in the Russian Revolution and we are shown this through Animal Farm. We are introduced to the corruption of power as soon as the book begins with Mr Jones utterly misusing his power by using violence to assert authority over the animals and keep them under control, in fact, it is revealed that Mr Jones doesn't take the responsibility he has to take care of the animals properly within the opening sentence, which reads 'Mr Jones, of Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.' this already demonstrates Mr Jones does not care for the animals by getting drunk and forgetting to tend to them properly, it is just an abuse of power, and therefore he is corrupting the power he has over the animals and the farm by taking advantage of his position.
Eventually, the animals grow sick of his behaviour and use their power to overtake the farm, this revolution is run by the main pigs in the story, Old Major, Napoleon and Snowball, considered to be the superior and smarter animals as they knew how to spell and read, they introduce a song to the animals, titled 'Beasts of England' which is a song about overthrowing men and being free, they achieve freedom by having a brawl with Mr Jones and the animals manage to drive them away from the farm, leaving them to run it. The pigs assume the position of leadership. However, unknown to the animals, the pigs aren’t doing much work at all, in the book it reads 'The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.' This is the exploit of the other working animals, the pigs are abusing their positions by sitting back and letting all the animals do the work while the pigs tell them what work to do, even if the pigs set up commandments, one of them being 'All animals are equal.'.
Throughout the book, the pigs continue to abuse their power, one time this occurs is in chapter 5, when Napoleon gets rid of Snowball and Squealer, another pig, lies to the other animals, convincing them that Snowball was a traitor and had to go. He did this by summoning growling dogs, the book describes this scene by stating 'Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further questions' This shows Napoleon is willing to earn control in a different way now, through fear and lies unlike before where he was fighting for the animals' freedom. His possession of power has corrupted him, it's made him more like men, whom the pigs made part of their Seven Commandments that they would never be like.
Despite their Seven Commandments, the pigs, unlike the others, begin to become more and more like men such as sleeping in beds. Napoleon had also elected himself as president of the farm and it led the book to say 'But the luxuries of which Snowball had once taught the animals to dream, the stalls with electric light and hot and cold water, and the three-day week, were no longer talked about.' and that 'The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.' Napoleon was now completely in charge, and abused his power now more than ever, so much so that eventually the animals couldn’t tell him and the pigs apart from men. The pigs believed that they were so superior compared to the others that they changed the Seven Commandments to one single one, that read ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.'
This is why I agree that the purpose of George Orwell's Animal Farm is to prove that power corrupts those who possess it, I believe this through all the examples shown in the novel, the corruption of power from both the humans and the pigs, especially Napoleon, who thought himself superior and took advantage of all the other animals. These many examples show us that no matter what one's intentions are when first presented with power, the more they gain, the more they become accumulated with the fact that they are in charge, they will become unrecognisable. I was looking for free samples of academic papers cause writing is not my strongest suit. What luck, I've found a lot of sociological research topics for college students. I paid nothing to read them.