Animal Farm

does absolute power corrupts absolutely? Explain why.


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In this novel, there is no question that as Napoleon gains more and more power, he becomes more corrupt. Once, for example, he trains all of the puppies to be his own disciplinary/police force, he takes away every freedom the animals have had up to that point. While he acted as if he wanted to guide the animals for the good of Animal Farm, he really becomes greedy for power and wants only what is best for him and the rest of the pigs. He changes the Commandments to suit himself and enhance his power; he trades with the outside so that he can begin to indulge in human weaknesses, such as the sleeping on the bed and the consuming of alcohol. There is no question that he is more corrupt than Jones ever was and by the end of the story his power is absolute.