We often find that it is simpler to stay hidden in the dark, rather than step out into the light. As citizens it is our responsibility to call out our leaders if they are not taking notice of what we, the people, want or need. The animals, in Animal Farm, overthrew their farmer and attempted to form a fair government, but soon became dictated to, by the pigs. The book records the evolution of tyranny to totalitarianism which became as terrible as their first situation. In Animal Farm, George Orwell illustrates that it is the responsibility of the citizens to stand up against injustice and inequality.
“All animals are equal.” This is the foundation for the novel Animal Farm in which farm animals rebel against a drunken, abusive farmer and create their own society which they think is flawless. Can everyone be equal while societal structure remains operational? The characters in Animal Farm by George Orwell show that every person is different and that societal structure is based on factors such as intelligence, power, influence, and strength with leadership and power as a constant struggle between multiple forces. Every animal in the book had a different role and a relationship with other animals in the farm that affected his/her societal position and power. Each animal was unique in a sense and had a different job, intelligence level, and
Since the pigs were in control they wanted to benefit from it,, like when they changed “All animals are equal” to “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” They changed it because they wanted to do stuff that wasn’t allowed. The dogs represented the military. Napoleon took the dogs when they were puppies and trained them to be guard dogs, and to keep control over the animals using violence and fear. The pigs represent the government by controlling the military and debating over what was going to be done and who was going to be in charge. George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm was talking about government, laws and politics using animals.
“‘It says, “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.” (Orwell 45). Napoleon started to change these amendments to live an easier and more lavish life for himself. He changed the amendments, so it would benefit himself and no one else, as well as to try and change the past by rewriting the amendments and putting false thoughts into animals heads, to support his himself. Finally, after doing so many immoral and selfish deeds with his power, he starts to kill animals. He changes an amendment about animals not killing animals and kills anyone who has done the slightest misdoing.
Squealer, the propaganda agent uses propaganda in the story as a way to manipulate the animals who are not pigs. He makes them believe everything he and the pigs are doing is for the greater good of the whole farm despite the fact that it is not. Squealer controls them in many ways but the strongest or most apparent are telling the other animals Mr. Jones their neglective abusive owner will come back, lying about Boxer the horse’s death, and finally changing the unalterable commandments into one that reads “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. One of the very first and most used techniques Squealer uses is instilling fear in the animals. He does this by threatening Jones’s return.
Have you ever lived in a society that promised many promises but always broke them? Have you ever been lied to? Animal Farm shows how the societies and rulers oppress their citizens without the citizens realising that. It also shows how rulers will always change when they are in power and only work for their personal privilege. In Animal Farm, George Orwell argues that Napoleon has solidified his power by using fear mongering, manipulation, and scapegoating.
The corruption and dictation of the government was what inspired George Orwell to write Animal Farm. In both events, propaganda is widely used in various ways and was effective. Despite the differences between the propaganda used in World War II and Animal Farm, both of them aims for the same goal - to rule as a dictator. People uses fear to make people follow what they say since they don’t want to get hurt. As what has happened in Animal Farm, Napoleon declared “Snowball’s expulsion” (Orwell 54) without the Comrades’ approval since they made noises of disapproval.
Jones. To demonstrate, Boxer had a modo and set mindset for perseverance: “I will work harder...Napoleon is always right”(Pg) This quote demonstrates the will and perseverance through the chaos of Animal Farm created by Napoleon. Boxer was brainwashed by Napoleon’s propaganda and was a firm believer of the potential of Animal Farm. Because of this, the same will power and belief of the system can be related between these two characters portrayed. Furthermore, George was described in “Harrison Bergeron” as being handicapped due to having superior intelligence than the rest; he didn’t question it because on one hand he was impeded from processing and thinking and on the other hand he believed in his government system.
In George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm, Squealer uses propaganda negatively to influence inhabitants of the farm, which is parallel to today with how propaganda deceives people, justifies war, and destroys credibility of a person or nation. In Animal Farm, Squealer, chief propagandist, attempts to convince the animals that their lives under the regime of the animals is better than that of the humans. Squealer tries to convey this message, for example, by telling the animals that the animals would better off if Napoleon made decisions for them. Squealer says, “No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves.
There are numerous points in the story where he tries to get his views on class across, especially when it came to characters talking about their animals and what it meant to own them. One instance where he presses socialism is when in the story ---- says “There’s the First Law of Kipple…’Kipple drives out nonkipple’” (Dick). Kipple is referring to the people that have. They want to own the best things, the real animals, and continue to find and collect them. When they realize or find out who the nonkipple are, they seek to push them away or seclude them away from the people who do have the animals, and they normally let everyone know that they do not have.