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Power Defined in Animal Farm

            George Martin once said "Power resides only where men believe it resides. A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And often times a very small man can cast a very large shadow " (Goodreads, George R.R. Martin). This quote is an example of how power can corrupt a whole system even if only one man or animal does some action to change it. This concept is the same for the book Animal Farm because power in the story is used by the pigs to control the whole farm. Power can be viewed as fear, influence, greed, and corruption. .
             "Animal Farm " by George Orwell contains the power aspect of fear because in the story it displays multiple examples to show how fear is used throughout the story to establish power. For example, when Napoleon takes over the farm he first kicks out his partner, Snowball. The narrator states, "Napoleon let out a loud shriek and nine dogs started running after Snowball. They chased him until he slipped through a hedge and was seen no more " (Animal Farm 53). Napoleon uses the dogs to scare the animals into thinking that the same harm will come to them if they disobey Napoleon. Therefore he uses the dogs to establish his position as a leader. Another way fear is used to control power is how Squealer explains to the animals of the farm that they should be given all the apples and milk. Squealer says, "Do you know what would happen if the pigs failed? Jones would come back and we certainly don't want that " (Animal Farm 36). Squealer uses this reason to make the animals afraid to Jones coming back and to explain how the pigs of the farm are the main reason why Jones isn't coming back. Hence, he strengthens the power and position of the pigs of Animal Farm. Fear then is one of the leading factors of power in Animal Farm.
             Although fear can be used to show power, influence of one's position can also affect how things are being run in Animal Farm. For example, Napoleon was the only leader of the farm because he was smarter than the other animals.

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