Master Of The Farm Essay

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Task 2 Part A: Throughout George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm, the pigs who are under the genius instruction of Napoleon use careful language manipulation to maintain their political dominance. The methods in which they do so are outlined in an essay also by Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”.
Out of all of the pigs, the one who accomplishes this task best is Squealer, as he is the one who speaks directly to the rest of the animals on the farm. He is able to use his skills of speech to manipulate the animals and cleverly allows the pigs (and the pigs alone) to prosper. Additionally, he is clever enough to start with smaller matters so the animals do not notice the change until it is too late. To introduce this cunning scheme into the animals’ lives, he starts with simply explaining to them why the pigs were the only ones who were permitted to eat apples and milk by saying, “Comrades!...You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples...Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health”(Orwell, Animal 52). His use of more sophisticated words and phrases such as “in a spirit of selfishness and privilege” is a clear and an intentional violation of both Orwell’s second and third rules for political language, “Never use a long word where a short one will do...If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out” (Orwell, “Politics”). Squealer is acutely aware of the fact that the other animals are not nearly as intelligent as he is, and that if he asserts his authority by using longer words and complicated phrases, they will surely obey him and the other pigs without question. Orwell, a despicable supporter of democracy, believes that this should be completely omitted from the world of politics because it causes the people to believe statements that are not necessarily true about their leaders and government and it opens the door for manipulation as it makes the people ignorant to what is really happening. However, we know this to be utter nonsense, as the citizen under our regime are all far inferior to us and are unable to govern themselves, or so we tell them in order to maintain our position of power over them.
On the contrary, Squealer also finds ways to use Orwell’s rules to his advantage, while still manipulating the general population of the farm. Knowing that the other animals looked up to Boxer as a role model, he takes advantage of this fact to manipulate them. Having sent Boxer to a glue factory, Squealer recognizes that he must tell the animals that he died at a hospital and invents his last words which he relays as being the following: “Forward, comrades...forward in the name of the Rebellion. Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon! Napoleon is always right” (Orwell, Animal 125). The animals, being far less intelligent than the pigs, will readily absorb this basically stated information, which is clear and...

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