Animal Farm is a political satire that explores the nature of politics and corruption as a part of human nature. Throughout the novel, this theme is carried through Orwell’s allegory of characters such as the pigs, who’s original pure intentions of creating a utopian world for the benefits of all animals are distorted and morphed into a manipulative game forwarded by their insatiable lust for power. The animals of the farm rose to power after successfully rebelling and banishing Jones, the tyrannical and neglectful owner of the farm. After this, ‘The animals were happy as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master (28).’ The animals created a set of principles to represent the interests of ‘animalism’, the religion of which their utopian society would be based upon; these principles were shortened to seven commandments. The first fissure in their utopia that lead to corruption and severe imbalance in equality was when, ‘It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide on all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote (47).’ In the beginning the pigs use their power to obtain simple pleasures such as milk and apples, over time however, the pigs fell to greed and human vices, drinking whiskey, sleeping in human beds in human houses and forcing the other lesser animals to work for them and obtain pleasure from the profits of the idealised slavery they created. This shows that when placed in a position of power, even with originally pure intentions, it is almost certain that the innate greed of human nature will lead to corruption, this can be linked to politics today where, politicians sometimes negate what is best for their people in pursuit of illegitimate private gains often funded by large corporations with interests that can be furthered by the actions of political parties. Through the ongoing allegory of characters such as the pigs, Orwell through Animal Farm has allowed me to take away the insight that greed, an inextricable facet of the human nature, can lead to an abuse of power commonly seen in the corruption of politicians.