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There Is No Power Without Hypocrisy

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In the second season of House of Cards the main character Frank Underwood makes and excellent comment on hypocrisy; “The road to power is paved with hypocrisy… and casualties”. In this quotation Frank Underwood states that in order for him to gain power he must have, at some point, been hypocritical; in his eyes there could be no other way for him to have become Vice President of the United States without being hypocritical once. Much like Frank Underwood, the pigs of Animal Farm have been hypocritical. Snowball, Squealer, and Napoleon are perfect examples of how hypocrisy is critical when wanting to gain power.
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Finally Snowball agreeing with the other pigs on the decision of the apples from the windfall can be considered hypocritical; “All the pigs were in full agreement on this point, even Snowball and Napoleon.” (23). Snowball and the other pigs feel they deserve the extra food because they are the “brainworkers” when in reality they are just greedy, like some humans are.
Squealer also did some hypocritical things in the book to get the amount of power he had. A way he could be seen as hypocritical is that he changes the Commandments so that they suit him and the other pigs better: “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets” (45),“Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: ‘No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.’ Somehow or other the last two words has slipped out of the animals’ memory. But they saw now the Commandment had not been violated” (61). This shows that Squealer is okay with changing the wording of the Commandments so that they do not apply to him or make him appear hypocritical even though he is. Something else that Squealer says that could be considered hypocritical is that he makes speeches about things that only apply to the other animals not the pigs. In the line: “Squealer made excellent speeches on the joys of service and the dignity of labour”(49). He publicly announces that everything they are doing is for a good cause but he is never once described as actually working, he only ever gives orders. Lastly a way Squealer can be seen as hypocritical is that he walks on his hind legs at the end of the book: “It was a pig walking on his hind legs. Yes, it was Squealer”(89)....

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