Discuss how conflicts are resolved in the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Orwell displays a rather brutal manner in which conflicts are resolved.  Violence and power become the key elements to resolving all conflicts.  The farm's conflicts are ones that ultimately reflect on political authority.  Orwell displays that Napoleon and the pigs' leadership is the absolute political end and cannot be questioned.  Any conflicts on the farm is a reflection of this leadership.  This means that all conflicts that are presented are ones that become ultimatums on political leadership, something that cannot be resolved in any way other than to further consolidate the rule of the Pigs.  In this light, Orwell demonstrates that political authority that is centrally driven, without any other form of institutional limitation will have a tendency to resolve all conflicts through power.  Napoleon certainly does this.  Examine what happens in Chapter 7 with the forced confessions.  Part of Napoleon's ability to resolve all conflicts through force lies in his taking the pups in chapter 2. He recognizes early on that if he can secure the power and enforcement ability to substantiate his own rule, then all conflicts can be resolved through political rule and in this, there can be no conflicting force to his own control and rule.

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