Where is an example of how George Orwell uses conflict to develop his theme about power corrupting in Animal Farm?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The notion of conflict displaying the corrupting element of power is evident throughout Orwell's work.  I think that one of the best examples of this would be in Chapter 7.  Napoleon's assembling of the animals into forced confessions and public executions is a brutally visual example of how this conflict reveals itself.  Napoleon has assembled animals to confront them about their role in "subversive" activities on the farm.  In this there is conflict in that Napoleon confronts the other animals in a direct manner, reflecting his authority in one side and their will on the other.  His resolution to this conflict is the brute use of force in how the dogs attacks and slaughter the animals that are opposed to the rule of Napoleon.  This conflict represents the theme of the corrupting element of power in how Napoleon has thoroughly violated the premise of Animalism with animals working together for one another.  Napoleon's resolution to this conflict firmly embeds his rule and authority and the presence of the pigs and dogs over the other animals, to a point where there is little doubt as to whose will will always win out and prove superior.  In this scene, Napoleon's brutality is reflective of how power corrupts at the cost of so many.