The Corruption of Power Essay

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The Corruption of Power History has demonstrated that power often leads to the corruption of humanity. Lord of the Flies is a depiction of the human social behaviour while Animal Farm is focused on the exploit of political power. Both works of literature confront this idealism and the issue of creating an ideal society. Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, is a satirical allegory of the Russian Revolution and retells the historical events as an animal fable. The story begins with all the farm animals together in the barn to hear Old Major’s speech about animals living without the control of humans. After the death of Old Major, a power struggle starts between two pigs: Napoleon and Snowball. Eventually, Napoleon betrays his comrade and then uses nine vicious dogs to chase Snowball out of the farm. After Napoleon rises to power, he takes advantage of the animals through his devious methods. In Lord of the Flies, Golding writes about the survival of a group of English boys who are stranded on an island. One boy, Ralph, concentrates on restoring peace and democracy. The other boy, Jack becomes obsessed with hunting and forms a rival tribe. The power struggle begins between Ralph and Jack when a leader is selected. Eventually after several disputes with Ralph, Jack declares himself leader of a new tribe. He abuses his power and eventually leads to the death of Simon and Piggy. Jack and his tribe have forgotten and disregarded their morals. Power has corrupted the law and order on the island. In the novels, the desire for power inevitably leads to corruption of society. The two novels warn the readers about the dangers that are inherent in the desire to construct an ideal society. Golding and Orwell use literary elements such as symbolism, characterization, and style throughout their novels to effectively illustrate the undeniable flaws of human nature. An important aspect of

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