Animal Farm George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm reveals the truth about the Soviet Union and Stalin’s totalitarian regime in the 20th century. In the novel some of the main characters are pigs named Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer. In addition to the pig some characters are Boxer, Clover, Benjamin, Mollie and Mr. Jones. The story takes place on Mr. Jones farm that they overruled because they wanted to have an independent rule. The pigs decide to make themselves the leaders and lie to many of the other animals that the pigs know best and make up reasons to prove how they are the best.
In Animal Farm Napoleon and Snowball were the original leaders of the farm but after Snowball disagrees with Napoleon, he is immediately sent away and portrayed as an awful traitor who had been scheming a plan the whole time. This kind of unstable government is not a place that I would want to live in. The way he treated the other animals and shut down any suspicions of his actual plan was cruel and abusive of his power. Another reason I would not like to live in a utopia like the one in Animal Farm is that it seems like it would be very aggravating to see other animals say they support him one-hundred percent and being overall disappointed in my surroundings. While yes I would be an animal if I lived in this utopia I would probably be just as clueless as the other animals on the farm.
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
The lesson shown in this story is that power can corrupt a society. Old Major, the wisest pig, says that after he dies the animals should rebel against the farmer and start their own government so that every animal can be happy and be equal. Old Major dies, a new leader must be chosen. Two pigs (Napoleon and Snowball) decide to be leaders and try to get the animals’ votes. Napoleon sends the guard dogs to attack Snowball, after that he runs away and doesnt come back.. Napoleon then become ruler, and is said to be a very good, wise pig.
Always adding on to have loop holes, and rearranging the rules for someone else. Napoleon is symbolized as a leader or president that takes the animals under his wing. Orwell showed how the animals fell under Napoleons tricks because he was giving the right ideas and the right files. Then Orwell made a drastic change, he had the pigs walk on two legs. The sheep sang “four legs good, two legs better” as the pigs walked, Orwell symbolized this as the pigs not being any different than man.
Class Distinction: The differentiation of one social class from another; a point of differentiation between social classes, as a characteristic attitude, behavior, etc. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm , Orwell gives us greedy and manipulative pigs that represent government officials throughout time. As always the hard working animals put a fair amount of trust in the pigs to lead them; and this is because of their gullibility and lack of intelligence. The pigs use this to instate a hierarchy that leaves them at the top. Class distinction is the most effective mode of persuasion because when the pigs believe their authority is being questioned, the pigs reinstate the hierarchy by convincing the working animals that their job is immensely harder.
Napoleon ruled animal farm harshly and overworked the animals. Orwell described, “This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half” (Orwell 59). The animal’s are given a choice in the sense that if they wanted to, they could have Sundays off. However, the brutal consequences the animals would face if they did not work forced the animals to listen to the pigs. The pigs, who are more intelligent, tricked the animals into thinking they have a choice when in reality they do not.
The animals in Animal Farm truly show us just how bad it is to do exactly that. Had they remembered what Mr. Jones was like, remembered the Seven Commandments, and had not just blindly followed the pigs, they may have achieved Old Major’s dream for Animal Farm. Instead, they let the pigs turn into man, and lead them back to, if not worse off than, where they were when Mr. Jones ran the farm. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat
The propaganda used in Animal Farm is most effective when the animals are considering lesser of two evils or a transfer because they lead the animals to believe what the propagandist is saying is their best option. In the beginning of the novel, Squealer manipulates the other animals into believing that ¨the whole management and organisation of [the] farm depends on [them]...[and] it is for [the other animals] sake [the pigs] drink the milk and eat [the] apples [because if they did not] Jones would come back!¨ (Orwell 31). The use of a transfer also works as fear tactic by connecting Jones possible return and the pigs health when they are not necessarily connected; any objections the animals had are forgotten because of the association between
We see that he uses violence, when the people that aware of the situation, want a better life for themselves and for the community, so he feels that he has no other choice but to torture them so they can shut their mouths. When Napoleon starts to interact with Snowball in their speeches, you notice that he has a very strong opinion against Snowball, who wants to help society. Snowball tries to make the seven commandments and sayings such as “Four legs good, two legs bad,” but Napoleon goes against him and also trains the puppies by himself. Instead of going with Snowball in order to help the community, he ignores what Snowball says