Examples Of Scapegoat In Animal Farm

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The pigs use language that distorts the truth in order to manipulate and take advantage of the other animals. They start by exaggerating a claim in order to get the other animals into thinking Snowball is an enemy of Animal Farm. Squealer states that Snowball is “no better than a criminal” and was on Jones side “from the very start”(55,79). Since society shuns criminals due to their unpopularity, Squealer chooses that word. As a result of lying to the animals of Animal Farm, a scapegoat to blame all troubles on develops. When the pigs create a scapegoat, it put all the animals’ hate on Snowball, distracting the animals from the real problems. The strategy also favors Napoleon, making his only opponent— Snowball— less and less of a problem.

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