What is an example of corruption in Animal Farm?

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Animal Farm is a novella written by George Orwell. The book was published in 1945. The story of Animal Farm is an allegorical tale of totalitarianism.

Corruption and oppression by the human farmers were the main grievances by the animals on the farm. This led to a revolt and,...

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Animal Farm is a novella written by George Orwell. The book was published in 1945. The story of Animal Farm is an allegorical tale of totalitarianism.

Corruption and oppression by the human farmers were the main grievances by the animals on the farm. This led to a revolt and, eventually, guerrilla warfare against the humans. Initially, the animals, led by the pigs—mainly Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer—envisioned a Utopian vision for the farm. However, as time passed, the pigs began to show the same greed and corruption that the farmers possessed.

For instance, Napoleon disposed of Snowball when the latter tried to modernize the farm by initiating a windmill project. Napoleon believed that the animals on the farm should live a simple life, even though the pigs enjoyed the spoils of the animals' labor.

When Boxer, the loyal but naive horse of the farm, became old, Napoleon sent him to a slaughterhouse. When the animals questioned the actions of Napoleon, Squealer acted as a propagandist for Napoleon's "administration" and lied to them.

Later on in the novella, the pigs began to closely resemble the humans who came before them. They began to wear human clothing, carried whips to punish the animal laborers, and enforced strict authoritarian rules.

The message Orwell was trying to convey in Animal Farm is that even idealistic revolutionaries are prone to corruption; that a Utopian vision of society is not possible for as long as desires for wealth and power were inherent in human behavior.

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