How Does Animal Farm and Shelly’s Ozymandias Construct a Representation of Power

Both animal farm and the Ozymandias poem are similar because they express the negative effects of power. Napoleon is defined by his determination and abuse of power, while Ozymandias has achieved power but time has destroyed his empire.

Physical (Napoleon)
Orwell constructs Napoleon as a powerful figure by describing him physically as “a large, rather fierce boar”. This creates an image of Napoleon being colossal and more intimidating compared to the other animals, making him feel superior.

Words (Napoleon)
Having a reputation for getting his own way, Napoleon uses his persuasive words as an advantage of manipulating the animals into following his demands. He also convinces the animals to know that he is always right “if comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right”- Boxer. Therefore he is able to have control over the farm and the animals

People think (Napoleon)
As Napoleon became superior and gained power over, he was referred to in a formal style by the animals as “our Leader or Comrade Napoleon”. At first the animals were manipulated by Napoleons mighty power and accomplishments, they were over how he treated them with his actions and superiority.

Physical (Ozymandias)

Shelly’s text of Ozymandias illustrates descriptive language as it describes the physical features of the statues appearance and location “trunkless legs of stones stand in the desert” and “colossal wreck, boundless and bare” portray the state the statue is currently in, how large his statue is and it represents the power and pride of a leader, who throughout time has been forgotten and buried just like the statue.

Words (Ozymandias)
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” announces that he did not only have restraint and power over his people but also ruled the kings. As he tells us to look upon his prideful words and achievements, they have been overlooked and have ended in despair.

People think (Ozymandias)
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