Propaganda In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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When you think of a democracy, what comes to mind? Is it just and equal? Or is it manipulative and surreptitious? Animal Farm, by George Orwell, explores the timeline by which animals come out of unjust “rule” and attempt to make a systematic government (only to fall into another one). From devotion, honesty, to corruption, Orwell reflects the events of the Russian Revolution. The thought of an honest and well-educated person, single-handedly, ruling a country seems sound, that is, without becoming corrupt through their own power. In comparison, we see how Napoleon, the acting leader of the animal community, defects from his original motivation of aiding the farm in being successful, only to succumb to the power he has. This is proven when …show more content…
This concept is immoderately used as, at every opportunity, the pigs twist the minds of the animals into supporting them and what they do. Squealer, the main representation of propaganda, is so persuasive that it is said that “he could turn black into white” (36). The pigs have Squealer go around spreading the lies of Napoleon actually attempting to give the animals a better life. When the apples and milk are taken away for the pigs, Squealer exclaims how they are not “doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege” (52), rather their “sole object in taking these things is to preserve health”. Furthermore, he states how “day and night” the pigs watch over the farm and it is for their “sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.” (52). When the animals find out that the pigs are being better fed, they begin to get suspicious of the actions of the pigs. Squealer takes the initiative and explains the reasoning behind the pigs better fed than the others. Furthermore, when the pigs move into the farmhouse, similar propaganda is needed. Squealer justifies that the pigs are the “brains of the farm” and “should have a quiet place to work in. In addition, he exclaims that “it is also more suited to the dignity of the Leader to live in a house than in a mere sty.” (79) To secure their place in the farmhouse, the pigs, once again, send Squealer to persuade the animals that …show more content…
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of a ruler to see to the well-being of the people. However, with excessive power, it is close to impossible to keep rules and order robust. With having power over propaganda and suppression, one essentially has complete control over the population. At one point, rules and order become meaningless in Napoleon’s case as nearly all commandments are changed or erased, leaving the animals helpless. Plato once said, ”Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme

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