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Animal Farm, By George Orwell

Decent Essays
Anubhab Roy
Period 1 Honors English 1
Mr. Buonadonna
12/24/16

Being deceived is not something noticed on first glance; small, seemingly harmless steps with perfectly reasonable explanations are taken first. Through the oppression and control of the non-pigs in Animal Farm, George Orwell warns that the negative results that come from ignorance are the likeliness of being deceived, unawareness of social change, and people’s inability to objectively judge their situation.
Social changes, however minute, causes oppression, and because of a lack of attention towards that change, nothing is done to counter it. This is represented in Animal Farm with the assigning of power to the pigs before and after the animals successfully revolt: “The
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If society does not objectively judge itself, and compare the human condition of its past and present, progress will never be made. Therefore, observing with bias and using unreliable information can lead to being deceived, having a similar result as being ignorant in a dystopia.
Ignorance leads to many things, one of which is being cheated and betrayed. The animals in Animal Farm were lied to countless times, but the more intelligent animals did not speak up, which is shown when Squealer changes the commandments:
“At the foot of the end wall of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written, there lay a ladder broken in two pieces. Squealer, temporarily stunned, was sprawling beside it, and near at hand there lay a lantern, a paint-brush, and an overturned pot of white paint. The dogs immediately made a ring round Squealer, and escorted him back to the farmhouse as soon as he was able to walk. None of the animals could form any idea as to what this meant, except old Benjamin, who nodded his muzzle with a knowing air, and seemed to
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