Role Of Propaganda In Animal Farm

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Propaganda in Animal Farm
1) What is propaganda and how is it connected to characterisation?
Commonly used as a form of promotion or indoctrination, propaganda in its simplest form is the intentional distribution of information, ideas and fabricated rumours to benefit or demoralise the opposing or supported parties. Throughout the history of mankind propaganda was commonly utilized as a weapon of persuasion in dire times such as World Wars I and II, the Cold War in addition to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Propaganda has been integrated into our modern 21st century exploiting several mediums since its conception, applying the techniques of art, film, music, literature and perhaps the most influential, media as a vehicle for their
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Snowball was a true leader concerned with the issues of equality, education, and the wellbeing of his fellow animals on the farm. In contrast, Napoleon is a ruthless ruler who shows little appreciation of his workers which he believed to be of little value once ‘damaged’. Snowball influenced his followers through the promise of a superior, and more sustainable future, an approach which would be beneficial to all, in comparison, his successor would merely instil fear in those that dared to oppose. If Napoleon was to propose his plan to become leader whilst Snowball remained in power it would presumably be dismissed in terms of agenda and ability to rule. It was clear that animals admired Snowball’s resolute and altruistic nature, his existence meant that the probability of Napoleon becoming leader immensely …show more content…
Commandments were the definite decree and violation of these laws meant dire consequence for the convicted. As most animals were considered to be of little intelligence the commandments were stripped to the most basic form possible, by simplifying the rules they were understood by all, in addition to the repercussions if disobeyed. Once controlled by the commandments, the pigs were free to tyrannise and implement changes at their freedom. With the mundane temptations of liquor, riches, comfortable residences and gluttony, the pigs became blinded by their lust whilst being restricted by the commandments. However, with boundless power at their disposal the pigs were quick to make amendments as to satisfy their needs, changes were made to the commandments “No animals are to drink liquor.” “No animal shall sleep in a bed.” “Four legs good, two legs bad.” “No animal shall kill another animal,” and “All animals are equal.” These were all changed in some form to benefit rather than hinder the pigs’ lifestyle choices. Commandments were the underlying, never to be defied rules that influenced the animal’s conduct, allowing those with the ability to change them, complete control over the farm

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