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Abuse Of Language In Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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The abuse of language (propaganda) is instrumental to the abuse of power. This is portrayed throughout the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. For example, Squealer and Napoleon are two characters that the author uses to portray the abuse of power. Squealer and Napoleon had misused their powers, but justified their action through the use of propaganda. Thus, through the use of propaganda, Squealer and Napoleon were able to manipulate the other animals way of thinking. Not only is propaganda used in books, magazines, and articles, but are also used by leaders, politicians, and companies to influence the public, attract attention, and to gain powers. Therefore, the use of propaganda is one of the main tools that is used to manipulate others and a way to justify one’s wrong behavior, such as the abuse of power. Squealer, the appointed speaker among the pigs, uses propaganda as a way to gain power. The animals describe Squealer as “a brilliant talker… he could turn black into white” (16). He was to make sure the animals believe that Napoleon is a righteous leader, even though in reality he is not. An example of how Squealer uses propaganda to abuse his power is when he made excuses for the animal’s reduced rations. “He had no difficulty in proving to the other animals that they were not in reality short of food...it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations...in comparison with the days of Jones, the improvement was enormous” (112-113). Even though the animal’s
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