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.
“‘...Bravery isn’t enough’, said Squealer, ‘Loyalty and obedience are more important, and as of the Battle of Cowshed, I believe the time will come when we shall find his part in it much exaggerated.’” This quote describes how Napoleon uses his position to change the opinions of the animals by belittling Snowball. Another way he uses propaganda to stay in control is when he makes up various medals and awards and gives himself all of them. Although the animals view Napoleon as their savior, he is a ruthless ruler. He uses propaganda, fear, and the principles of Animalism to keep a tight grip on the farm. He uses propaganda to influence the animal’s opinions.
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
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
The animals work together to learn to read, but once Snowball and Napoleon come into conflict and want power. Napoleon being the more selfish of the two, runs off Snowball to secure his spot at power over the farm and announces that the pigs will make the decisions from now on for the good of the other animals. Showing that that human nature is corrupted by power. Napoleon secures his power even more after the windmill collapses by having the dogs kill any animal involved in the destruction of the windmill. Snowball is then blamed and Napoleon takes on the view of “you’re either with me or against me” which is a view commonly used by many dictators to scare the people under their power.
He was the reason Napoleon strived so much as squealer would persuade the animals to listen to napoleon. He was able to convince that the commandments were not broken by the pigs. An example of this was when the pigs moved to the farm house Muriel questioned that this action broke the 4th commandment 'No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets 'but squealer was able to reword history and assure that the pigs were not breaking the commandment as they were not using bedsheets. Squealer was just like Vyacheslav Molotov who was a speech maker and Prauda editor he manipulated media like squealer manipulated commandments and used propaganda to maintain support. This was also used by Another point to add is Benjamin the old donkey was in fact more intelligent then pigs this
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”.
In Animal Farm, some animals would speak up and question actions when they seemed to contradict their memories. However, Napoleon’s loyal pigs would either convince them they remembered incorrectly or convince the other animals that the animal who spoke up was anti-animal or cooperating with the enemy (Snowball). Sometimes the sheep would drown out the doubters words. Usually, something bad happened to anyone who did speak against
Orwell satirizes the system of communism built on the belief that the autocracy is necessary until the superior beings take over the control, in this case the pigs. On Orwell's farm the autocracy was never the case - since the animals had banished Jones, immediately some of them proved to be more convincing, more leader-like, more capable, more intelligent and stronger than the others. Moreover, one of the most significant parts in the novel, also the law on which the animals' autocracy was based on were the Seven Commandments, enumerating the rules which would
In George Orwell’s 1945 novel Animal Farm a pig named Napoleon uses many methods like propaganda to rise to power. After overthrowing Jones, the owner of Manor Farm, the two prominent leaders on Animal Farm are Snowball and Napoleon but the latter decides to chase Snowball off the farm. He then makes himself the leader of Animal Farm and starts to downplay situations, use scapegoats, and use fear to control the animals of Animal Farm. These tactics keep Napoleon in control and the animals realize too late that their pig rulers have become as bad as the humans as the novel ends. In Animal Farm Napoleon uses scapegoats, fear mongers, and downplays to redirect any blame that could possibly harm his reputation as a good leader of Animal Farm and to keep the animals under his control.