Essay about Animal Farm: The World and the Words

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Animal Farm is a masterfully written cynical exploration into the abuse of power through language.c George Orwell's book provides a theory of power structures, equality and the very nature of human character. As a short, ten-chaptered essay, this book has made its mark on the communist and authoritarian societies with the cutting morals and the phrase “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” In the beginning, Mr. Jones is an antagonistic study into Czar Nicholas II and his abuse of monarchial power as he rules over the farm with an absolute law. He is drunk, lazy, and decadent, and the animals are not fed often or at all, representing the bread shortage during his reign. The animals are angry, but their…show more content…
The slogan “Four legs good, two legs bad!”<50> (This was later changed to a chilling “Four legs good, two legs better!) and the songs “Beasts of England”, and “Comrade Napoleon” are all good examples of manipulative propaganda. When Napoleon slaughters the “Supporters of Snowball”, the animals are grief-stricken, and sing “Beasts of England” as if singing a dirge; slowly, mournfully, and with much emotion. When they are done, Squealer waddles up to them, and tells them that the song has been banned. From Napoleons point of view, this is a very good move. The animals, though stupid, have an idea that this is not the dream Old Major envisioned, and they do not know what to do about it. If they had been allowed to keep singing it, they might have been inspired to rebel, but it was outlawed, so they have no outlet for their injustices. This is just another way power is abused through language in Animal Farm. As the book progresses, argument becomes less of a liberty and more of a crime. Four young pigs are ripped to shreds for arguing against Napoleon, and Snowball is exiled for little other crime than being a persuasive leader. This is justified through Squealer, Napoleon’s right-hand man and an extremely convincing speaker, as shown in this quote. “Afterwards, Squealer was sent around the farm to explain the new arrangement to the others.”<77> Because Napoleon isn’t very proficient with words, he sends Squealer around to do his dirty work. Squealer convinces the
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