In my answer, I have considered how the pigs use propaganda, violence, and the lack of education of the animals to present the pigs' power. How would I write a conclusion to how Orwell presents power in Animal Farm and the effect that it has? 

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I can only give suggestions as I have not read your paper, but you do offer a good sketch of what it is about.

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I can only give suggestions as I have not read your paper, but you do offer a good sketch of what it is about.

Conclusions generally sum up what you have already said in a paper, but influential writers on writing such as Zinsser and Trimble also recommend leaving the reader with an added thought. It sounds as if your added thought will be about the impact (effect) of power as it is presented in Animal Farm.

So, in summary, you might say (if this is what your paper states) that propaganda, violence, and lack of education (the privileged education the young pigs and dogs get that the other animals don't) reinforces the power stranglehold the pigs possess by confusing (propaganda) and frightening (violence) the other animals into obedience. It also keeps them in ignorance, so that they lack the developed cognitive skills to fight back against what they instinctively know is injustice.

In your added thought about the impact of power, you could state that would Orwell is showing is a cruel, coercive power. This form of power stomps on and exploits others through lies and fear. However, all power does not need to be exercised that way. Power can be used for the general welfare—for good—but only, Orwell warns, if the good people (or animals, in this case) are very alert and fight back against evil attempts to hijack power. Things might have been different, for example, had Boxer opposed Napoleon earlier and more sharply instead of accepting his authority.

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