By Tayor Greene
PoWeR, CoRrUPtioN, & LiEs By: Taylor Greene Final Project 1st Period
Animal Farm is a fairy story by George Orwell, in which the farm overthrows the humans, for equality on the farm. But the pigs take over the farm, becoming corrupted by their power.
Harrison Bergeron is a story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. about how when we attempt to make society equal, power can corrupt those who are not.
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The Odyssey is en epic, by Homer, about the adventures of the leader, Odysseus. This includes fighting off suitors who have taken over his kingdom, and taken advantage of Ithaca.
The Golden Thread In Animal Farm, Napoleon and his confidantes become corrupted by the advantages power brings, which leads to the destruction of Animal Farm, and destroys the true purpose, which was to create equality for all animals. In The Odyssey, while Odysseus is out at war, fighting a raging battle all his own, his supposed friends take over his kingdom in Ithaca, becoming corrupted by the power of wealth, women, and negligence. In Harrison Bergeron, citizens are burdened with mental handicaps, and other devices, so that no person is more or less equal than anyone
else. The United States Handicapper General, and her legion are never mentioned in the story, to have handicaps, or anything else that everyone else has. Even though it is not blatantly stated, she too, has become corrupted by power, when in reality, the goal was to have a brighter future with equality. All these stories have a connection to the corruption of power, and how it leads to the annihilation of society. So although the true intent of power is to create equality, and a better life for everyone, as the leaders in all these stories prove, power can corrupt, and take a turn for the worse, when the true goal is equality.
The Golden Thread
“And finally there was a tremendous baying of dogs and a shrill crowing from the black cockerel, and out came Napoleon himself, majestically upright, casting haughty glances from side to side, and with his dogs gamboling around him. He carried a whip in his trotter.” (Orwel, 117). “Truth to tell, Jones and all he stood for had almost faded out of their memories. They knew that life nowadays was harsh and bare, that they were often hungry and often cold, and that they were usually working when they were not asleep. But doubtless it had been worse in the old days. They were glad to believe so. Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.” (Orwel, 109).
Eurymachus: “‘(…) in any case we fear no one, and surely not Telemachus, for all he is so eloquent. Nor do we care for any phrophecy, which you, old sir, may tell us, which will not happen, and will make you even more hated.’” (Homer, P.?). (Mentor:) “’Now it is not so much the proud suitors I resent for doing their violent acts by their minds’ evil devising; for they lay their hands on the line when violently they eat up the house of Odysseus, who, they say to themselves, will not come back; but it now I hold it against you other people, how you all sit there in silence, and never with an assault of words try to check the suitors, theough they are so few, and you, so many.’” (Homer, P.?).
QUOTEs Harrison Bergeron “It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barrelled, ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor… Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on.” (Vonnegut, P.5).
QUOTEs Harrison Bergeron “’Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen,’ she said in a grackle squawk, ‘has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government, He is a genius, and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.’” (Vonnegut, P.3).
Art The Roses of Heliogabalus By: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema The piece of art that I chose to represent my theme in the three stories is named The Roses of Heliogabalus. It is by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, a Dutch artist. The painting is based off the Roman Emperor, Elagabalus. (He was also known as Heliogabalus.) In the painting, Elagabalus is trying to smother his credulous guests with rose petals, which he was said to do during his reign as Emperor. I chose this piece of art to represent my theme, because it shows that power has corrupted throughout history. Many pieces of art that are about power and corruption, most of them depicting leaders who ruled as a Monarchy. The Roses of Heliogabalus represents my theme, because it is a direct parallel to corruption.
ArtArt A Basket of Roses By: Henri Fantin-Latour
The second piece of art simply had a cool connection to the corruption of power. On the right, we have the actual painting done by Henri FantinLatour. On the left, is an album Power, Corruption, and Lies.
cover by New Order, entitled
The music I chose to represent my theme in the three stories is called “You Haven’t Done Nothing,” by
Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five. The song is about how people say that they are going to change things for the better, but they end up just doing what is best for themselves, hence the name ‘You haven’t done nothing.’This song is a good representation of my general theme, because it talks about how people’s first intentions are good, but power becomes demoralizing and self-serving, leaving people who are lower on the societal scale, worse off than before.
“You Haven’t Done Nothing” We are amazed but not amused By all the things you say that you’ll do Though much concerned but not involved With decisions that are made by you But we are sick and tired of hearing your song Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong ‘Cause if you really want to hear our views “You haven’t done nothing”! It’s not too cool to be ridiculed But you brought this upon yourself The world is tired of pacifiers We want the truth and nothing else And we are sick and tired of hearing your song Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong ‘Cause if you really want to hear our views “You haven’t done nothing”!
We would not care to wake up to the nightmare That’s becoming real life But when mislead who knows a person’s mind Can turn as cold as ice un hum Why do you keep on making us hear your song Telling us how you are changing right from wrong ‘Cause if you really want to hear our views “You haven’t done nothing”! Yeah
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In conclusion, no matter what the true intention is, power can corrupt anyone or anything, leaving society, and the ones below the corrupt, dismantled. As we have seen in Animal Farm, The Odyssey, and Harrison Bergeron, the breakdown of weaker and less powerful people or animals, happens when power corrupts. The pigs leave the farm in turmoil, when they become more and more like the humans. The suitors take the absence of their leader for granted, and they seize the opportunity to have whatever they wish. In Harrison Bergeron, the H-G men kill anyone who defies their power, and questions their stands on societal equality. All these stories have proved that the corruption of power can be dangerous to society.