What is the overall theme of Animal Farm and some examples or passages supporting this theme?

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Keep in mind that different people will have different ways of expressing the theme of any particular work. In my opinion, the theme to Animal Farm is that power can be a corrupting influence on those who wield it.

Following the animal revolution, the pigs initially take power and then...

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Keep in mind that different people will have different ways of expressing the theme of any particular work. In my opinion, the theme to Animal Farm is that power can be a corrupting influence on those who wield it.

Following the animal revolution, the pigs initially take power and then spend the rest of the story strengthening that power. At first, they seem to be concerned about the welfare of the animals, but once Napoleon realizes that he can run off Snowball and have all the power to himself, everything goes downhill quickly.

Eventually, the pigs become such despotic rulers that the animals are no better off than they were under Farmer Jones. They break the rules of Animalism, they execute some animals, the have dealings with humans on neighboring farms, and they work the animals nearly to death. The animals are not strong enough or smart enough to fight back effectively. Napoleon has been corrupted by the power that he possesses.

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