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Themes of power and manipulation are evident in George Orwells allegory Animal Farm based on the Russian revolution with animals representing the major players in the debacle as well as Lord of the Flies by William Golding where young children are stranded on a tropical island without any adults or authority figure Both show how individuals are trapped by their leaders namely Napoleon and Jack Merridew and their respective followers who abuse their power and manipulate others for personal gain They demonstrate how this is an integral part of the foundations of society and are essential for them to flourish but inevitably bring their downfall Animal Farm illustrates the use of power and manipulation through the characters of Napoleon who gains much of this through the use of fear Before Old Majors death he preached about a land of freedom and equality for all but the power struggle between Napoleon and Snowball leads to the corruption of the original rules The two fight amongst each other for power and influence and relating to the story of Lord of the Flies the group is unable to decide what to do with their new found freedom in this case the construction of the windmill He ousts his rival and when the animals to not agree with him he uses his power to win their support He spreads rumours about Snowball saying Comrades do you know who is responsible for this Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill SNOWBALL Snowball has done this thing He uses these lies to create a strong coalition in his favour and make Snowball seem to be the enemy Similarly Lord of the Flies also demonstrates the same themes When a young boy tells rumours of a serpentine Beastie that inhabits the island doubt and murmurs spread across the children After much disorder the leader Ralph tries to convince them to the contrary
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