Animal Farm Hate Speech Essay

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Hate Speech in Animal Farm

George Orwell 's "Animal Farm" uses hate speech as a political tool not only is it effective enough to create hatred towards targeted characters but it also can bring power and political righteousness for Napoleon, who later becomes a leader of Animal Farm. Throughout the story, Napoleon and Squealer are the ones who mostly use hate speech in public and successful in using hate speech every time.
For the definition of hate speech, according to Susan Brison, “hate speech is speech that vilifies, harasses, intimidates, or incites hatred toward an individual or group on the basis of a characteristic such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation," (Brison 1) and the word “speech” is used for all forms of communication including …show more content…

Secondly, another hate speech appears when the windmill blows down in a gale and the animals are in shock. Napoleon uses this situation to put the blame on Snowball as he said that "Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!" (73) and that “Snowball has done this thing! In sheer malignity, thinking to set back our plans and avenge himself for his ignominious expulsion, this traitor has crept here under cover of night and destroyed our work of nearly a year." (73) In this part, Napoleon has separated between the animals in the farm as “us" and Snowball as “the enemy”. Also, he described Snowball 's state, which is a lie, by using the word “malignity” which means malevolence. This time, as the windmill not only has high sentimental value to the animals but also stands for their pride, the animals begins to learn that Snowball is genuinely guilty and think out ways of catching him. Therefore, the hate speech in this part can be considered in the type of incitement in the construction of hatred, intentional discrimination to the targeted group to create “they” and “us", and incitement to make violence to the targeted

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