Hoodwinking Hogs Essay

701 words - 3 pages

Have you ever known someone with an ulterior motive? Or maybe had someone that fooled you so that you could do their dirty work? What if that person used your loyalty to them to make you their slave? In Animal Farm, an allegorical book by George Orwell, many animals are tricked into being loyal slaves of an all-powerful pig named Napoleon. Every animal on the farm, except a select few, was bamboozled into Napoleon’s cruel hooves without even realizing it, and therefore should’ve learned to double- check before becoming loyal.
Early on in the story, Napoleon starts to show his motives to readers, but the animals are still under the impression that Animalism is continuing to thrive. When the animals realized that rations were decreasing, Squealer lied and said it only seemed that way, and that times were still better than they had been with Mr. Jones. This is proved when Orwell writes, “There were times when it seemed to the animals that they worked longer hours and fed no better than they had in Jones's day” (Orwell 92). This excerpt shows that the animals are beginning to sense differences between the original Animalism rules, but are still obviously brainwashed into believing that the pigs are truly doing what is best for the animals. This show the buds of the trickery involved in Napoleon’s ways.
Throughout the story, Napoleon lies to the animals countless times, but they still are tricked into believing him. When Boxer fell onto his side, a lot of animals were very concerned. Napoleon and Squealer seemed to be concerned as well, because Squealer decided that he should be sent to a veterinarian in Willingdon. This turns out to be a lie, and Benjamin is the first to realize that. Orwell says,

Fools! Do you not see what is written on the side of that van?” That gave the animals a pause, and then there was a hush. Muriel began to spell out the words. But Benjamin pushed her aside and in the midst of a deadly silence he read: “‘Alfred...

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