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Book Essay Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies In 1887 Lord Acton wrote in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely It has often been noted that this is the primary theme in both Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies In addition these books share two sub-themes related to this primary theme One sub-theme is that people will often abuse power when its not earned The other is that when given the opportunity people will often degrade others to ensure their own security Both books rely heavily on symbolism as well as the actions of their characters to express these ideas Consequently both these novels show us what a frightening place the world can become if people ignore the principles of civilization as we know it In both books for different reasons the characters create their own governments and some of them soon begin to usurp and abuse power For example in Animal Farm seven commandments were written on the wall a few of them were No animal shall sleep in a bed No animal shall kill another animal No animal shall drink alcohol When one of the pigs named Napoleon took over he gradually changed the commandments For instance he changed the commandment No animal shall kill another animal to No animal shall kill another animal without cause In Lord of the Flies there are several examples of characters abusing power One of the characters named Ralph had originally started a democratic form of government Two of the boys Roger and Jack eventually started there own form of government and took over Jack fell in love with his new found power and became dictator to the boys He even started a hunt to kill Ralph simply because he felt Ralph was a threat to this power Because several of the characters in both books were insecure they would often degrade
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