Relating to Animal Farm, what corrupts people more: money, material items or power?

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In Animal Farm, there are very few human characters, so conclusions drawn about corruption of people must be based on the animal characters. While arguments can be made for all three of the options based on information in the novel, the strongest case can be made for the answer of "power."

The revolution is intended to bring self-determination and autonomy to the animals by liberating them from human control. Because the animals had little to no experience of self-governance before they came to power, their new situation presented a steep learning curve. The animals who naturally craved power quickly took advantage of those who truly wanted equality. As those power-hungry few drew others into their orbit, the taste for power intensified. The ruling group increasingly saw many others as endangering their control and decided to eliminate the threats.

The clearest example of this progression is the relationship between Napoleon and Snowball. While Old Major serves as a hero around whom to rally,...

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