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How are the pigs shown to be 'corrupt' in Animal Farm?

Orwell ends the novel with a depiction of the pigs which underlines their resemblance to corrupt world leaders who play fast and loose with resources essential to both human citizens and animals. In this closing passage the pigs are shown playing cards with farmers and fighting with them over cheating. Orwell’s description makes it clear to the other farm animals that the pigs have come to mimic the human oppressors they overthrew at the beginning of the novel. That the pigs and men are playing poker – a gambling game – is no accident: the game symbolises their selfish behaviour as authority figures who carelessly wager resources essential to the health of the citizens who depend on them. In this tableau Orwell implies that the defining characteristic of regimes like the USSR is unending avarice. Even though the pigs opposed the totalitarian rulership of the humans at the beginning of the novel, their own regime is corrupted by the same avarice for power and resources which characterised that of the former leaders, suggesting that corruption of political power is cyclical and repeats throughout time.

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The pigs are shown to be corrupt by the pigs control the animals by preventing them questioning their decisions. They continuously change the rhetoric of the farms history to suit their needs and narrative

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