Kaylee Johnson Ms. Morales English 10H, per 3 April 2, 2015 Animal Farm Final Essay Animal Farm is an ironic political story about the influences of power and how it can be used for ultimate good or absolute evil. At the beginning of Animal Farm power was used for ultimate good. It brought all members of the farm together and allowed them to gain their freedom from oppression. After this initial positive use of power, it began to destroy the community that had worked together to form the Animal Farm. In the beginning of Animal Farm the animals used their power in an affirmative matter ith the ultimate mind set of expelling their oppressive farmer Mr. Jones and rebelling to run the farm for them. This revolution between the animals united all of them and motivated them to work harder with each passing day. Working was made easier because there were better working conditions and the animals had more control over the farm decisions than they ever have before. They also gained educational opportunities and advancements in technology. “The birds did not understand Snowball's long words, but they accepted his explanation, and all the humbler animals set to work to learn the new maxim by heart.
FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD, was inscribed on the end wall of the barn, above the Seven Commandments and in bigger letters” (Orwell 11) At this point all animals were equal. They were on the pursuit of happiness. Towards the end of Animal Farm the novel portrays government in general in an extremely negative matter, and one that is supposed to inspire mistrust and encourage rebellion. The government officials are represented by pigs, and are portrayed as sneaky and greedy, with only their own best interests at heart. They take the best of the food, and live in the farmhouse with all its luxuries.
This caused chaos throughout the animal farm involving violence and death to others after the seven commandments were tampered with by the pigs. “Four legs good, two legs better! All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. ” (Orwell 168) Napoleon, who is also a pig, dictates the farm now and is just as bad as or even worse than Mr. Jones. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. ” (Orwell 176) Because of this the animals lost their sense of community and security on the farm.
Overall the Animal Farm was a much better place to be while Snowball was running the farm. He was reasonable and a good leader to all of the animals. He wrote the seven commandments for animals to follow so that the farm would not downfall in the end, which it still did. Snowball kept the animals on task and worked a little himself too, on top of running the rest of the farm. Unfortunately, when Snowball was attacked by vicious dogs, Napoleon became the new ruler of the farm. He became an oppressive dictator just like Mr. Jones was. Animal farm was plummeting into chaos due to Napoleons abuse of power and his mess could not be fixed.