For example, Napoleon brainwash the animals into thinking he is always right. George Orwell demonstrates that with knowledge and education comes great power, and this can be extremely dangerous if it falls into the hands of those who are self-serving. This is shown when, the pigs only benefit themselves, they get to kill other animals and they broke the rules for their own advantage. The
These reasons, including many more, are why Animal Farm fails. One reason Animal Farm fails, is because of power grabs by animals. There are many examples of this throughout the book. One power grab that failed Animal Farm, was when the pigs take the milk along with the apples for themselves. “So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and windfall apples (and also the main crop of apples when they ripened) should be reserved for the pigs alone.” (P.g 36) This is unfair because the pigs being selfish, but they are the leader, it immediately grants them permission to do so.
I believe the use of allegory, as a rhetorical device is more effective than simply laying out a non-fictional account, or a historical or statistical analysis of the period and the rise of the Communist Party because it seems like a harmless story. At first, you sympathize with the characters like Boxer and his Donkey companion Benjamin. When the evil pigs betray everything that Animal Farm stood for, you feel a strong emotion for the animals affected. Anyone who knows about the history of Russia or Nazi Germany will see similarities of events and the characters in Animal Farm and associate those forms of government with
Introduction In the canonical novel Animal Farm, George Orwell competently uses themes to position the reader to view Joseph Stalin as a tyrannical leader and create a scathing indictment on the Russian Revolution. Animal Farm is a masterwork of political satire and tale of oppressed uneducated underclass who longed for freedom but ultimately are exploited by assuming the very power that had originally oppressed them. 1st Paragraph - POWER THROUGH FEAR (JONES WILL COME BACK, DOGS) George Orwell shows that pigs use the power of fear by using former human rule and ferocious dogs to their own selfishness thus created fear amongst the animals. Reminding the other animals of the previous human ruler generated fear. This occurred because the
The animals at the beginning just wanted everyone to be equal and to stay away from man, but in the end the pigs who were running the farm turned into men. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (Orwell, 141). The pigs had turned into what they had feared and even hated at the start of the book. Orwell uses humor to show that even thought the animals had agreed on equality the pigs wanted to be at the top. They had their own agenda that did not include hearing what the other animals had to say about how their farm was run.
Furthermore, Napoleon gives the other animals the impression he was the sole leader of the rebellion on Animal farm and makes Snowball -a leader who wanted what was best for the animals- seem like an enemy who was in cahoots with Farmer Jones since long before the animals took over the farm. Napoleon and Squealer (another “fat cat” pig.) always put the blame on Snowball whenever something went wrong in the farm to avoid having the blame fall on them. Napoleon is an exemplary example of just how selfish and hypocritical people can be in furthering their own aims because he continued to subtly but purposely change the seven rules put in place as the pillars of animalism. For example, Napoleon and the other pigs move into Farmer Jones’s house and sleep in his bed after commanding “No animal shall sleep in a bed”, so he changes the commandment to read “no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets”.
The animals that Napoleon leads resemble the ignorant, but hardworking people of Soviet Russia. These animals are easily manipulated by Napoleon, because they are uneducated. They are oblivious to how unfairly they are treated. Boxer’s motto is a prime example of how the animals look at their government. Boxer often says: “Napoleon is always right!” (48).
The pigs in Animal Farm are given the most human-like attributes from leadership to standing on two legs. They even use the phrase, “four legs good, two legs bad,” throughout their rebellion against the farmer, yet change it to, “four legs good, two legs better,” in an act of tyranny to save themselves from hypocrisy when the pigs begin to stand on two legs like humans. The pigs continuously degrade the other animals while lifting themselves up on pedestals of near perfection to solidify their following. These actions are of course attributed to the governmental structure of communist Russia, but the actual pigs grew to be more human over time. This transformation and use of pigs is not coincidental with Oryx and Crake because the fusion of humans with pigs, although in a different context, was done once before with Orwell.
Napoleon uses scapegoats to redirect anger and answer criticism the animals might have that concerns him and the pigs’ decisions. He downplays situations to make himself look better in the eyes of the animals. Also, he uses the tactic of fear mongering to control the animals by manipulating them through their emotions. To summarize, Napoleon manipulates the animals in many ways to maintain control of Animal
Document A state's “ Squealer...was sprawling beside it, and near at hand there lay a lantern, a paint-brush, and an overturned pot of white paint...None of the animals...except for old Benjamin...seemed to understand...” That quote means that Napoleon forced squealer to go change the commandments to benefit the pigs. The pigs think they are superior over the other animals even though the farm's motto is “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Napoleon wanted to keep superiority over the farm by using fear, propaganda, and Animalism to get his ways at the farm. Napoleon wanted to have complete power over the farm but the animals were catching onto what he was doing to the future of the farm so, they wanted to leave the farm then, Napoleon ended up destroying the farm and