Animal Farm

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All dictators use nefarious means to gain power. A perfect example of this is found in George Orwell’s political satire, Animal Farm, in which he uses oppressed talking animals to satirize the Russian Revolution. Early on in the novel, when the animals finally have driven out their oppressive master, Mr. Jones, they take the management of the farm into their own hands, creating a set of Seven Commandments based on the teachings of a wise old pig by the name of Old Major. Commandment numbers one through six are centered upon the general idea that no animal should ever come to resemble man, and commandment number seven states, “All animals are equal.” The commandments are observed until the leader who is working in the animal’s best…show more content…
“Four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval […]. But suddenly the dogs sitting around Napoleon let out deep menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent and sat down again” (54). The dogs are used throughout Orwell’s novel as the means by which Napoleon asserts dominance over the animals using fear. Napoleon realizes that even smooth spoken Squealer isn’t enough to win the animals over to his side, so just as do bullies on a playground, Napoleon uses his cronies to get the animals to follow him unconditionally. At first the dogs are used as a backup plan, but as the novel progresses and Napoleon’s policies become more and more unrestrained, he knows he needs a sure way to get the animals to follow without question. Three weeks after the expulsion of Snowball, Napoleon declares the windmill which Snowball had promoted is to be built, and Squealer is explaining to the animals that Napoleon had never really opposed the windmill, but had just used “Tactics, comrade, tactics” (58) in order to get Snowball to leave. "The animals were not certain what the word [tactics] meant, but Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further questions” (58). By adding the word

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