Napoleon From Animal Farm English Literature Essay


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Starting with Napoleon from Animal Farm, he was a VERY BAD LEADER, he never makes a single contribution to the Revolution-not to the formulation of its ideology, not to the bloody struggle that it necessitates, not to the new society's initial attempts to establish itself. He never shows interest in the strength of Animal Farm itself, only in the strength of his power over it. Thus, the only project he undertakes with enthusiasm is the training of a litter of puppies. He doesn't educate them for their own good or for the good of all, however, but rather for his own good: they become his own private army or secret police. Napoleon and Snowball increasingly quibble over the future of the farm. He stole Snowball's plan of building an electricity generating windmill after the dogs have chased snowball out of the farm. Napoleon cancelled the meetings and he asserted that the pigs alone will make all of the decisions. He killed any animal who opposed him. He started acting like humans: sleeping in bed, drinking whiskey, engaging in trade with neighbouring farms and the original animalist principles strictly forbid such activities. Also, when Boxer stopped working and helping the other animals in building the windmill, Napoleon sold him to a Glue marker, in order to get money for his whiskey! He reduced the 7 commandments on the side of the barn, to only a single principle "All Animals are Equal but some Animals are more equal than others ". Moreover, he changed the name of "Animal Farm" back to the old name "The Manor Farm". He reached the extreme that the animals saw him as the Manor Napoleon is the worst leader I have seen so far by this semester, he is a bad leadership for the other animals , he has no sense of responsibility , he's Arrogant , he doesn't face and solve the problems as he always hide at the manor's house. He's not honest (he and the pigs eats the entire farm's food and leaves nothing to the other animals). He's not loyal to the animals and afraid of the battles they faced with the owners of the neighbouring farms (he hides inside the house). He was such a SELFISH and DRUNKARD leader (he killed Baxer the most loyal animal to him). He didn't have any communication skills, Squeral the pig was the one who made lies to the animals.

Then comes , Creon from Antigone, who was a horrible leader too. He rejects the irrational laws of the gods in favour the rational laws of man. He is too afraid of anarchy to be a very effective ruler. He makes pronouncements without thinking of all the consequences, he put a law that states no one should burry the body of Antigone's brother (POLYNEICES). Why didn't it cross his mind that Antigone and Ismene might want to bury their brother? Why didn't he imagine that HAEMON might actually be in love with ANTIGONE and take her side? Creon had power thrust upon him, and he didn't handle it well. A good leader is someone who considers the impact of what he says and does on others. In contrast, Creon makes all of his decisions on his own and in pursuit of his professional goal of consolidating his power. The decisions that he makes are bad ones that hurt his people as well as his own reputation and family. As a result, he lost all his family , his son HAEMON and his wife EURYDICE. However, Creon's fierce dedication to law and order seems to be exactly what Thebes needs. The city is just coming back together from a state of total anarchy. The people need a strong and steadfast leader to bring them together. How's it going to look if Creon goes against the very first law he makes? Creon's concern for his public image is certainly in some ways self-motivated. He doesn't want to get punked down, especially by a woman. However, this seemingly selfish worry also comes out of a concern for his people. A wishy-washy leader can be a very dangerous thing in a time of crisis. If Creon appears to be weak the whole city could descend back into chaos. However, notice that Creon isn't totally dogmatic about his decree. Slowly, over the course of the play he becomes less and less extreme. First he relents on having ISMENE executed along with her sister. Next he has Antigone entombed instead of outright executed. In the end, he is ultimately convinced by Teiresias's prediction and goes to release Antigone. Unfortunately, he's a little too late. Before he can stop it, his niece, his son, and his wife have all

committed suicide. At the play's conclusion, Creon's downfall becomes symbolic of the tragedies that occur when the laws of man attempt to compete with the ancient laws of the gods.

Finally , The king Gilgamesh from the Epic of Gilgamesh, the two thirds god and one third man. He was a warrior, builder, wisdom , judiciousness , he had a beautiful physical shape , strong and wise. However , the play starts, he was being somewhat of a jerk. He would care more for keeping himself comfortable instead of helping his people, and he even demanded that whenever a woman got married, he must make love to her before her new husband. Also, he completed the wall surrounding Thebes with a forced labour. Later, when he meets Enkidu and hear about a giant named Humbaba, located in a cedar forest that was causing trouble. The two set out to kill the giant, and succeed. Enkidu was killed and Gilgamesh heart's was shattered and he fails to have eternity. When he arrives at the walls of his city, he marvels at the site of them. He realizes that all men must eventually pass on, they can leave behind great projects or deeds to remember them by. When he finally re-takes his throne, his subjects noticed that he has changed his ways for the better. He was bad because he oppressed the young men and women of Gilgamesh, rebelled against the gods by killing Humbaba, insulted Ishtar, slew the Bull of Heaven, and neglected his responsibilities by going on a fruitless search for personal immortality. However, after visiting Utnapishtim the king acquired wisdom and went on to be a good king and lead his people well.From my point of view, before the emerge of Enkidu in Gilgamesh's life, Gilgamesh was a bad leader as he was selfish and not loyal to his people (forced the people to build the wall m just to complete his wall) and he rapped any women he want just to fill his appetite. However, after Enkidu , Gilgamesh turned to be a good leader - he was confident , responsible , faces and solve problems , wasn't afraid of the battles , truly humble ( after Enkidu's death, he changed his luxuoris clothes and used the animals' skin as clothes) He wasn't selfish anymore , as he scarificed his life in order to get Enkidu back to life.

To conclude, by measuring the three leaders' attitude and characteristics with my ideal model of a leader, Gilgamesh was the best leader in the three and Napoleon is the worst one! As honesty, loyalty, sense of responsibility and gentleness wasn't found in him. However there was only selfishness, hatred and love of power and...etc

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