Animal Farm Rhetorical Analysis

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In the novella Animal Farm, the timeline of early 1900s Russia unfolds in an allegory, with revolutionists Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx sparking a rebellion against Czar Nicholas II. Subsequently, a social democratic party known as the Bolsheviks overthrew the czar, aided by two significant leaders: Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin. Even so, the newfound ideology of communism that Stalin introduced and quickly corrupted through propaganda proved to be just as oppressive as the reign of Nicholas II. Most importantly, this corruption and oppression was elucidated by British author George Orwell through the use of rhetorical devices in the allegorical satire Animal Farm, where the audience receives a glimpse into the cunning caricature of…show more content…
This is seen most notably within the characters Boxer and the sheep, both symbols of the Proletariat, or the working class who had a tendency to naively promote and spread Communist ideas. On the other hand, the last sentence of the novella paints a scene where the animals of the farm witness a complete “transformation” of the pigs when “The [animals] looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; [but] already it was impossible to say which was which” (Orwell 139). The syntax in this example consists of several commas and the interchanging of the words “pig” and “man” to emphasize that the pigs have now become what the core of Animalism was originally against. To add, the repetition of these words elongate the sentence structure while building a sense of confusion and realization that much time had been lost for the animals. To illuminate, Orwell’s didactic tone is attempting to show that both the Russian government and their people were flawed, because when the citizens finally realized the true nature of their leaders, it was too late. The once oppressive, vile reign of Mr. Jones, or Nicholas II, is now no different than the current reign of Napoleon, or Joseph Stalin. Aside from the syntax in Animal Farm that outlines the ultimate corruption of the Russian government and their propagandist tactics, it is imperative to recognize the role of imagery as well. Through the use of imagery,
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