Comment on the following: In reading Animal Farm, Lord Acton's famous pronouncement "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Although Napoleon is considered the...

Comment on the following:

  1. In reading Animal Farm, Lord Acton's famous pronouncement "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
  2. Although Napoleon is considered the absolute Leader of Animal Farm, it is Squealer who is most adept at conveying the "party line" to the animals.
  3. How do you interpret the final scene of Animal Farm?

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I believe that Lord Acton's pronouncement is appropriate in Animal Farm. We can see that this is true, because at first a human - Jones - ruled the farm and he was corrupt. He treated animals in the way he wanted.

When the revolution took place, there were promises of change and freedom, but these promises turned out to be hollow, even though many could not detect it on account of the rhetoric of Squealer. What clinches this line of thought is at the end Napoleon turns into a human. The point is that nothing has changed.

As to your second question, yes Squealer is the spokesperson, but this does not mean that Napoleon is not in control. The reason for this is because Squealer is Napoleon's mouthpiece. The one in control is Napoleon.

Finally, the end of the story, as intimated before, shows that the pigs experienced a transformation. In fact, the transformation is huge! They might have started with sincere intentions, but in the end they are just like Jones and his friends. 

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