Seth Claycomb Verdugo Academy Due 3/4/11 Theme in Literature Animal Farm Throughout Animal Farm, Orwell demonstrates a strong message conveying that power corrupts. Orwell was born during the time of socialism and communism, and grew up in England. He writes this book as a somewhat discrete message about what would happen if Stalin stayed in control, and how power corrupts whomever is in the position of leadership. If a person read this book without really looking into it, he/she would think it was just a sorrowful book about a farm in England, but if someone really took the time to apply it to real life, they could start to understand the deeper meanings inside the book. In the first few chapters, all the animals on the farm are planning a revolt on their leader, Mr. Jones. They successfully take over control of the farm. Almost as soon as Mr. Jones is out of the way, the pigs insist on assuming the leadership position. Slowly but surely the farm splits into two political parties, with one pig leading each side. Napoleon, one of the pig leaders, overthrows the other political party‟s leader, Snowball, and assumes complete leadership. He starts blaming the long-gone snowball, whom Orwell hints was assassinated, for any bad things which occur. He also starts breaking rules that were set up at the first revolt when they kicked Mr. Jones out of the farm. Throughout the book Napoleon becomes more and more like Mr. Jones because he is being corrupted by the power and control he has over the entire farm. He begins to drink just like Mr. Jones, he begins to slaughter animals like Mr. Jones, and he begins to take all the food for himself and his fellow pigs, which supported him. At the end, it comes to a point where Napoleon becomes partners with the humans, and starts wearing human clothing and acting exactly like Mr. Jones did, and it is just like when Mr. Jones was in control. A couple examples of Napoleon abusing the power he stole is, “It was also more suited to the dignity of the Leader (for of late he had taken to speaking of Napoleon under the title of „Leader‟) to live in a house than in a mere sty (page 79)”, and “The news soon leaked out that every pig was now receiving a ration of a pint of beer daily, with half a gallon for Napoleon himself, which was always served to him in the Crown Derby soup tureen. (page 117).” After kicking out snowball to fill his desire of becoming all-mighty in some sense over the other farm animals, who were too stupid to realize what had happened. Throughout the book, Napoleon is also always distorting the truth. Whenever an animal questions him, he just refers them to the tampered-with rules sheet drawn on the front of the barn. He also starts awarding himself medals, and claiming he did things he never did do. He also starts spreading rumors, and tainting history, saying that snowball actually wasn‟t a hero in battles, but actually fought against them during one battle they had, and that Snowball had always been Mr. Jones‟s spy. To sum it all up, Orwell was trying to demonstrate what Stalin was doing after taking over the Czars, and that Stalin did not have Russia‟s best interest at hand. He was trying to explain how Stalin was corrupted by the power which he was given, and could not see past his own luxury.