Animal Farm, By George Orwell Essay

1032 Words Aug 24th, 2015 5 Pages
As any historian could confirm, the way to understand history is to recognize the patterns. Without even knowing it, people fall into situations like puppets on a string, doomed to repeat the pattern everyone else before them has. By that standard, there are some facts: despite every attempt to find or create equality, the strong make their way to the top, usually by standing on the bodies of the weaker ones abused to get there. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, animals fall into the hateful cycles of humans they once despised and form an unbalanced and corrupt hierarchy. With the use of passive voice, questioning, and personable word choices, Animal Farm forms subtle themes of manipulative control and the power of perception of circumstances.

The dominating pigs in Animal Farm use the syntax and diction choices of passive voice, rhetorical questioning, and manipulative words to control the lower animals. As the pigs grew tyrannical and begin to instill fear in other animals, they spread rumors of the enemy Snowball, rumoring that “every night, it was said, he came creeping in under the cover of darkness and performed all kinds of mischief” (Orwell 70). What makes this wording so subtly frightening is the use of passive voice: the pigs don’t make it clear who saw Snowball; they only state that it has been said. The slyest aspect of Squealer’s wording is that passive voice removes all blame from the subject of the rumors—pigs—and leaves no alternative subject in…

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