Education, Religion, And Propaganda

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Education, religion, and propaganda, what do all three things have in common? All three things can produce desirable outcomes if they are used correctly. Education can lead to more innovation, religion can improve a person’s well-being, and even propaganda can unite the public on certain issues. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a group of animals revolted against a repressive human-regime. After a series of conflict, Napoleon the pig became the dictator of the farm. Soon, other farm animals realized that Napoleon was no different from the humans. What started out to be a change for the better turned into a nightmare. This paper examines one central theme—education—and how the theme is manifested through religious education, propaganda, and education itself in the novella. Religion is a form of education that teaches faith and it plays an important role in Animal Farm. Moses, a spy, a tale-bearer, and a clever talker, resembles a clergyman. During his time in the farm, he would often tell the story of the Sugar Candy Mountain—a place all animals went when they die. In this analogy, the Sugar Candy Mountain resembles heaven. Initially, the animals hated Moses because all he did was telling the story. “The pigs had to argue very hard to persuade them that there was no such place” (10). After the animals took over the farm, Moses the raven disappeared for several years and later reappeared (38). Living under Napoleon’s repressive regime changed the animals’ attitude toward…

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