(m) INP [March #1] Napoleon’s Rise to Power

“Four legs good, two legs bad.” – Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.

 

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

 

Power is a virus. One that can hurt, heal, and destroy everything in its path. To rise to power from nothing but ashes could be hard or simple. But once you obtain it, there is no escaping the wrath of power, the undying want for it. This is where those with power must realize that it is not something to be taken for granted. If we do, the outcome is the same – corruption. There are those who thirst for power, and live off it until it devours them from the inside. Selfishness, manipulativeness, and unforgiveness all are symptoms of this deadly virus. Napoleon has showed all of these symptoms in many different ways.

He exiled Snowball to get rid of all competition that threatened his rank at the farm. Once Snowball was gone, Napoleon immediately stepping into the leader position and ordering everyone around.

  • “Then he put on an extra spurt and, with a few inches to spare, slipped through a hole in the hedge and was seen no more.” (Orwell, page 68)

After that, Napoleon accused Snowball of being a traitor and spy, working with Mr. Jones all along. And surprisingly many of the animals are fooled.

Napoleon kept all the windblown apples and milk to himself, claiming that since he is the smartest, he needs the most food to “succeed in his duties” and make sure that Mr. Jones doesn’t come back. This shows the first stepping stones of his selfishness.

  • “So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and the windfall apples (and also the main crop of apples when they ripened) should be reserved for the pigs alone.” (Orwell, page 53)

Napoleon also started wearing clothes, sleeping in a bed, standing on two feet, and trading with humans in the outside world. He also starts to live in the same place that Mr. Jones used to live, starting to do everything that Mr. Jones used to do. After a while, Napoleon uses the nine young dogs to control and kill those who decide to oppose him or that have “had contact” with Snowball.  Even if the reason was not believable.

  • “The three hens who had been the ringleaders in the attempted rebellion over the eggs had stated that Snowball had appeared to them in a dream and incited them to disobey Napoleon’s orders. They too, were slaughtered.” (Orwell, page 93)

Eventually, the pigs become more and more similar to the humans they had once overthrown. The commandments of Animalism slowly change, becoming more and more suited to the pig’s actions, such as drinking alcohol and killing the other animals. It changes so much that in the end, the only commandment left on the wall is,

  • “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” (Orwell, page 133)

This proves that he has total control over the farm. The last paragraph also makes the corruption from power clear,

  • “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. 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, page 139)

I guess that the question we’re left with is: Why would one want all this power? The answer seems obvious at first, but when we think about it, absolute power does not give its bearer true happiness, love, or life-long fulfillment. Instead, it will only bring misery, distrust in others, and a constant paranoia of losing power. Is having power really worth all that pain?

 

Brain frame for this post:

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(m) INP [January #1] The World of Fangirl According to Kathryn

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.” – Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. New York: St. Martin’s, 2013. Print.

 

This book has touched on so many subjects that I can relate to. The feelings portrayed in the story are written so basically anyone can relate to them. One of the feelings I can relate to is not fitting in, how Cath felt like when she first started college, like this summer, when I joined a performing arts summer camp. I had originally participated in this camp two years ago and had stopped, but since I was free this summer, I decided to perform again. However, the friends I had made two years ago had left and I felt out of place, especially at the audition, where old friends started hugging one another all around me. Or the other feeling of growing apart from a sibling, like how Cath felt when she and Wren started to fallout. Before my brother went to college, he kept to himself and never really talked to me. Then whenever he DID talk to me, he became moody and closed off. Although, at that time, I wasn’t too close to him, I still felt saddened by the loss of the little connection we did have. However, now, our relationship is as strong as ever, and although he can still be the most irritating person in the world, we are very close. Reading this book really made me think and reflect about my past experiences. Especially some parts that were particularly dark, that I wasn’t the only one feeling that feeling. That somebody else out there was like me. And that sooner or later, I would be able to prevail and have my own happy ending.

 

(m) INP [September #2] “Tasteful” Songs




The playlist for my book should be under the search engine, enjoy!

 

Right now, the playlist is on my whole blog. I’m still trying to fix that.

 

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*EXPLANATION HOLDS SPOILERS*

All these songs show Nora’s emotions throughout the story.

“All I Do is Win” shows how determined Nora is to win Taste Test and her somewhat cocky nature. It also shows her want to beat Christian in all the challenges.

“Better Than Revenge” shows Nora’s sudden jealousy, annoyance, and anger when she saw Joy clinging on to Christian.

“Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)” explains Nora’s hatred for Joy, who at the time, had something going on with a judge. She was the first suspect for the blocking of the sink spout, until she was electrocuted in the second “accident”.

“Hate To Love You” is another song that describes Nora and Christian’s relationship. She like him a lot, but she doesn’t want to admit it.

“I Won’t Give Up” shows Nora’s feelings when Christian is recovering from his burns. It’s also how she deals with the situation, she feels disappointed and angry, but she doesn’t give up. This is when Nora starts to realise that there was more to the competition than just cooking yummier food.

“Not In That Way” describes the situation between Nora and her best friend, Billy’s, situation. He confessed to her, but she liked Christian. So Billy dropped it and pretended it never happened.

“Skyscraper” is how Nora feels when she finds out Gigi’s betrayal. How she carried out all the “accidents” for her mom.

“Weak When Ur Around” describes how Nora feels around Christian in the resolution of the story, where they can finally admit that they like each other.