Theme Of Deception In Animal Farm

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A utopic society is an impeccable society, where deceit is supposed to be absent. However, deception clearly exists in Animal Farm and this is shown through the abuse of the ignorant animals by other intelligent animals.

Napoleon achieves his reign at the Manor Farm through lies and the exploitation of other animals’ innocence with the help of the dogs and Squealer, an ambitious and intelligent pig. The pigs, except for Snowball, are portrayed as deceitful characters due to their ability to manipulate the rest of the animals. The author describes Squealer as “a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive.” (Orwell 13). According to the other animals, Squealer possesses the ability to “turn black into white”, which enables him to take advantage of naive and loyal animals, such as Boxer.

Squealer helps Napoleon overthrow Snowball by convincing the other animals of Napoleon’s qualifications as a leader, thereby consolidating Napoleon’s power. Before overthrowing Snowball, the two pigs accused him of betraying animalism, pointing out that he was “ Jones’s agent from the very beginning” (Orwell 58). The purpose of such an unscrupulous action was to blame Snowball on all the misfortunates at the farm so that the animals would turn their back on Snowball and support Napoleon instead. Not only that, but Napoleon also strongly disagreed with Snowball’s
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