George Orwell 's Animal Farm

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Where there is good, there is evil. This simply implies that whatever you choose to do there is a purpose, either good or bad, even if unintentional. Everything in life has choice, even down to what you choose to say to others. Words are more powerful than we could imagine. They can be used for greeting one another, complimenting one another, but the meaning behind words can be manipulated. In George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, he shows the worst of manipulation in a setting of war. He demonstrates that words are just as powerful as weapons. Not only is it an outstanding novel, but it warns us what words under propaganda can do, from “Glittering” to the “Plain Folks”, and even evoking fear. Words allow the intelligent pigs to play the animals like puppets, and return them to slavery.
Glittering, also known as basket words, appears several times in Animal Farm as slogans, and hopeful, but really, hollow words. Such example of propaganda quickly emerges in the beginning of the book with the seven commandments. However, the worst of this type of propaganda in the book emerges when Snowball announces: that the seven commandments would be reduced ‘Four legs good, two legs bad’. He makes a great mistake, especially with the statement: “This, he said, contained the essential principle of Animalism.” (Orwell, pg 21). The sheep, partially controlled by Napoleon, begin to bleat it out unconsciously, as if they cannot think about what it really means. Like the melody of a song, they…

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