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by George Orwell

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How is leadership shown throughout the story Animal Farm?

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Leadership is shown in Animal Farm as something that can so easily be abused. The Animalist revolution was supposed to have been carried out in order to emancipate the farm animals from human oppression—yet no sooner has Napoleon achieved power than he starts treating the other animals far worse than Mr. Jones ever did.

He likes to portray himself as a strong, decisive leader; however, in actual fact, as well as being a ruthless, bloodthirsty tyrant, Napoleon is also completely incompetent, unable even to ensure that the farm produces a regular supply of food.

What Orwell appears to be driving at here is the idea that a fanatical attachment to ideology all too often results in the rise to power of those singularly incapable of exercising it responsibly. In totalitarian societies such as the one constructed by Napoleon, a premium is placed on leaders who are ruthless and fanatical rather than skillful, inspiring, or competent. Snowball undoubtedly displayed all three of these positive...

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