Importance Of Propaganda In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, depicts life on Animal Farm, where its inhabitants live under the false sense of leadership when a tyrannical leader is oppressing them. Initially, Manor Farm is run by a drunkard farmer named Mr. Jones, but the animals revolt to have a better way of life only to end up just where they started. Animal Farm allows for Napoleon to seize complete control of the farm through propaganda, the desire for power, and animals’ complacency; life on Animal Farm gets exponentially worse for most and better for a select few. Propaganda also played a huge role in sustaining and obtaining the pig's dictatorial government. It is used all the time to make the animals believe that life is better on Animal Farm. Squealer told…show more content…
The pigs did not want to be on the same level as the rest of the animals, so they claimed that they must run the farm because of their superior intelligence. On the farm, it is noticed that “The pigs did not work, but directed and supervised the others, with their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership” (27). From the beginning, the pigs put themselves before the farm but still expected the rest of the animals to put the farm before themselves. The pigs wanted to be more than just members of the farm; they wanted to have complete control the farm. By elevating their own needs and importance, the pigs took the opportunity to have power and authority. “With [Napoleon's] nine dogs frisking around him and uttering growls that sent shivers down all the animals’ spines.” (82) Napoleon has taken these young dogs and turned them into his hitmen and bodyguards. To keep his power, Napoleon needs someone to enforce his decision and keep the rest of animals in check. If Napoleon had no desire to have control over the other animals there would be no reason for a pack of dogs to surround him at all times, and always ready to take out anyone who protests of challenges his

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