Countries that have an autocratic leader usually have a group that spreads propaganda that helps make the leader sound better than reality. Animal Farm, written by George Orwell has an example of this. Napoleon is an autocratic leader in charge of a farm and has Squealer spread propaganda about him that makes him seem better by his supposed courage and leadership. In order to rally support for Napoleon, Squealer persuades the animals to believe Snowball is the enemy by using logos and by rewriting history. Squealer used logos to convince the animals that Napoleon is a hero and Snowball is the enemy.
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
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.
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
Propaganda is usually some type of misleading information that is used to promote a certain political view or idea. One crucial part of the propaganda is when the pigs trained the sheep to bleat “Four legs good, two legs bad!” (34 Orwell) at moments when the animals were uneasy about the rules that the pigs were creating. For example, when Napoleon announced that they would begin to engage in trade with other farms
Boxer often says: “Napoleon is always right!” (48). Though the innocent animals are manipulated by their government, they dispel their own doubts, as it is easier to just believe what they are told than to try and understand Squealer’s random facts and figures. Napoleon, the unfair leader, shares Joseph Stalin’s corrupted character and leadership techniques. This clever pig even trained dogs to stand as his police force, much like Stalin’s Secret
Using scare tactics helps the pigs influence the animals attitudes towards them, the usage of scapegoating assists the pigs turn Snowball into a traitor in the minds of others and the releasing of disinformation enables the pigs to become superior over the other creatures. In the world we live in today, one can see propaganda almost everywhere. It is always influencing everyone 's lives and plays a big role on one 's social and political views. Likewise, the use of propaganda helps the characters of Animal Farm influence attitudes, behaviors, and the beliefs of
The nine dogs that stay by Napoleon at all times are useful for Napoleon to gain and maintain control of the farm because they scare the other animals, intimidating them so that they do not disobey Napoleon. Napoleon also uses manipulation to gain and maintain a firm control by changing the Commandments for the farm in ways that work to his benefit. Squealer, Napoleon’s propaganda department, Keeps the farm animals believing in Napoleon by describing what they hear and see to make it seem harmless. Using effective tactics of fear, convincing propaganda, and manipulation, Napoleon gains and maintains control of Animal Farm. “Animal Farm” has corruption and equality in a way the animals try to succeed and achieve a goal to make the farm better.
For instance, during Snowball’s expulsion, Squealer states, “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. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be” (55). By making contradictory statements, Squealer is very confusing to understand to these ignorant animals, yet Squealer is very believable, he is basically just brainwashing them to believe whatever he wants by tricking them, proving the power of words. Squealer uses the power of words by having a quick-thinking mind and using tricky and effective word choice to achieve his goal of deceiving the animals to create a large number of followers for
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.