Corruption of Power in texts The Godfather, The Crucible, Akira, Animal Farm
The corruption of power, or the power of corruption is a common style discovered in texts of many different kinds of media and in lots of societies and cultures all over the world. In the texts I have chosen, I have actually come to the conclusion that, all characters in the pursuit of power are corrupt. In the texts I have chosen, which include, The Crucible, The Godfather, Animal Farm and Akira, the portrayal of corruption is closely connected to that of power. How is corruption of power shown/represented in the texts?
Lord Acton, an essential influence on this essay, as soon as stated, All too regularly males with the mindset of gangsters get control. This quote could hold no more relevance to any other text than that of The Godfather. In The Godfather the story revolves around that of Michael Coleone, and his rise to power as the head of a the family, a gang that deals in various underground activities. Michaels character goes through a remarkable advancement as the film goes on. At the beginning of the movie we can see that Michael appears to be an ethical and upright character.
He is a war hero, and is not associated with anyway with the household organisation. Nevertheless as the movie advances, and Michael statistics getting power in the household, he ends up being more amoral, to start with killing Sollozzo, a gangster who attempted to take Michaels dad, Vito Corleones, life. At this unexpected and dramatic change in character Michael validates his vengeance saying, Its not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business. The term, simply service is used throughout the film to validate corrupt behaviour, right away associating the character as materialistic and amoral.
The movie for this reason recommends that Michael, maybe like all of us, always had the prospective to be materialistic, (and therefore amoral,)however did not formerly hold a position that enabled him to commit any acts or corruption or evil. This corruption is also evident Animal Farm, where the pigs, and more specifically Napoleon, strive for power as a method to dedicate acts of corruption. Here, however, the preliminary motivation is the inverted, and yet the very same of what we see in the Godfather. Where Michael uses corruption to achieve power, Napoleon uses power as a way to commit self-centered act of corruption.
Napoleon and Snowball, 2 reliable pigs assume leadership over the farm. Nevertheless corruption soon ends up being obvious as Napoleon exiles Snowball, through a long setup strategy, in order to get complete control of the farm. Simply the reality that Napoleon assumed management and had an agenda proves that he was corrupt prior to he gained power. Napoleon being the only leader almost instantly ends up being totalitarian and undoubtedly establishes an administration, which goes against the most essential guideline of Animalism, All animals are equal.
So as Napoleon presumes complete power, his corruption materialises, as he has no opposition to challenge him. In The Crucible too we can see that when absolute power is obtained outright corruption is gotten. Effective characters are constantly wicked. Danforth and Abigail, the 2 finest examples are both going to kill in order to get what they desire. For Abigail, he object of desire is Proctor, and she wants to eliminate Elizabeth. While Danforth will do everything he can to protect the power he holds, permitting innocent people to be hung when he knows that the girls are lying.
The characters Hale and Proctor both quit their position of power to do the best thing. Proctor for instance repents and admits to infidelity in order to show to the court the grudge Abigail holds versus Elizabeth. So within the play corruption is therefore represented as power itself; those who hold power, to put it bluntly are corrupt. In Akira nevertheless, corruption exists in all if not most characters. A clear indication of corruption in the motion picture is through making use of violence.
Characters such as Kaneda who from the beginning usage violence are viewed as corrupt, and as we see Tetsuos character establish he ends up being more and more violent, to start with beating individuals, then eventually killing them. Mild or passive characters on the other hand are a lot more pure and, represent the good guy. We can see that as Kaneda attempts to kill Tetsuo he attains nothing but to additional enrage him and cause more destruction, but as Kaneda becomes understanding towards Tetsuo eventually attempting to save him, he is rewarded by surviving the surge that destroys Tokyo.
What was the context in which the text was created. How does it affect the way corruption of power is depicted? Context plays an essential function in all texts, specifically in those that are allegorical, and represent truth at the time in which they were made. For instance the book, Animal Farm and the play, The Crucible both are metaphorical and allegorical and both are critical reviews on an event or individual at the time. In Animal Farm the lead characters are metaphorical, or rather allegorical representations of essential political figures at the time.
For example the character of Napoleon is Stalin in reality, while the character of Snowball is Trotsky. Both were communist revolutionaries, but both had different contradicting views on Marxist theory. The text therefore portrays Napoleon in precisely the very same method as Stalin, making the character commit acts that were parallel to that of Stalins. Such as the exile of Snowball/ Trotsky, and the execution of many thought soviet/animal enemies. In The Crucible too we can see a direct representation of corruption, as the text is metaphorical of the McCarthy trials in the 1950s.
The character of Danforth, while not straight parallel like Stalin/Napoleon, has many similarities to the U. S senator McCarthy. Just like in the McCarthy trials characters in the crucible usage hysteria and jurisdiction to charge rivals with criminal offenses they did not commit. McCarthy utilized charges of communism against many of his challengers inside and outside of workplace, in the same way that characters such as Abigail used charges of witchcraft against her competing Elizabeth. Once again time period plays an essential factor in the representation of corruption.
We can see that in The Godfather 1972, corruption is represented as one and the same thing as materialism. Vito Corleone, who is the initial head of the family, might be a mob boss, but he is considered as an ethical upright character. This is since of the humanity and sense of justice that he brings with him. The opening scene of the movie has the character Bonasera asking Vito to eliminate two young boys who abused his child, I ask you for justice, however Vito responds, That is not justice. Your daughter is alive. Unlike nearly ll the other mobsters in the movie, Vito never utilizes the phrase simply organisation, this emphasises yet once again the humankind of his character, and contrasts with Michael and the other gangsters materialistic worths. For example when among the Corleone gangsters eliminate a mole within the household, he comments right after saying, Leave the weapon. Take the cannoli. This quote shows how unimportant human life is compared to product wealth, as the killer pays no notification, not to mention respect to the dead. The film is therefore an unfavorable review on American society, and its capitalistic or materialistic worths at the time.
Akira is also a crucial text in relation to a culture or society. It is different from the other texts I have actually studied since being made in Japan, it is not western. This is an essential fact, as we may not observe however western movies are very scriptural and often justify making use of violence for the heros to defeat the bad guys. In western movie evil is typically far more of an external force than what we discover in Japanese movie. This relates to the reality that Buddhism being a major religious beliefs in Japan, affects a great deal of media.
Similar to in The Godfather materialism is seen as evil, however the main indication for corrupt characters in Akira is violence. All characters who dedicate violence are immediately considered corrupt, nevertheless these characters can be forgiven really easily by just changing their ways and ending up being more moral. What comparisons can we make in between the portrayals of John Dalberg-Actons standpoint on corruption of power in the texts? What differences are there? In all the texts, those who pursue power are wicked. Power is viewed as a method to carry out the selfish and generally unethical goals of a character, and that is why it is valued.
In The Crucible, Danforth commits evil deeds in order to stay in power. He and the other ministers identify that the women are lying, however if they confess they were incorrect, their power will be undermined. In one particular scene Hale attempts to convince Danforth to postpone if not cancel the hangings, as the girls are highly presumed of lying, but Danforth responds saying, Twelve are already performed; the names these seven are provided, and the village expects to see them die today. Post ponement now speaks a going to pieces on my part; reprive or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died until now.
At the threat of losing authority Danforth is willing to compromise numerous lives in order to keep his position of power, he is for that reason viewed as very selfish and corrupt character. Abigail we can see is clearly corrupt even prior to she holds any power. After the women are captured dancing in the forest, Abigail threatens them saying, We danced. That is all, and mark this, if anyone breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other things, I will concern you in the black of some awful night, and I will bring with me a pointy numeration that will shudder you!
The Crucible does however stop working to show any ethical or even ethical characters develop into deceitful corrupt ones. Nonetheless we do see characters such as Hale and Proctor throw away their power and track record, for the right thing. This nonetheless emphasises my point, as ultimately in the crucible no moral figures can have any authority. Hale begins the play being amoral, or rather ignorant, however by the end wants to discard his reputation in order to conserve those he has damned. He confesses to witchcraft in an effort to encourage the judged to do the same, for that reason saving their lives, he states, I pertain to do the devils work.
I come to counsel Christians they should belie themselves … can you not see the blood on my head! In Animal Farm, one clear difference we can see from the other studied texts, is that Napoleon, the head pig has an agenda from early on. This serves to stress my point that characters that seek power are naturally corrupt. Nevertheless Animal Farm may go as far to state that, Napoleon underwent little to no transformation in character at all. He took the potion of leadership so that he might set his strategies in motion.
In The Godfather it is less strongly recommended as it remains in the other texts that the damaged character was in truth corrupt to start with. However if we re-examine the representation of corruption, which in this case is materialism, we can still use this text to support my theory. We as the audience first see that Michael is corrupt when his materialistic views are made seen. Before he even gets any power, he offers to kill Sollozzo an enemy to the household, for organisation, Michael is then instantly viewed as an amoral character, as he much like a lot of the other gangsters are very aterialistic. Michael later on ends up being more and more materialistic, and for that reason ends up being more corrupt. As we can see through the many killings he orders, consisting of the death of his bro in law, and the casino owner Moe Greene who formerly refused to offer Michael his casino. In the texts we can see that any character that seeks power, does so as it allows them to commit acts of corruption. In a text like the Crucible, it has actually even gone as far to state that those in power needs to be corrupt, and that moral leaders can not exist if they have power.
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