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George Orwell's Use Of Language In Animal Farm

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Thesis: In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the language Orwell uses serves in favor of the occupants of Animal Farm but gradually transforms into the bane of their existences which creates a mood of confusion, illustrating the psychological wreck amoung the masses in the Russian Revolution for the readers. At the start of the Revolution, Old Major shares his original ideas during his speech. Speaking to the animals, he concludes, “All the habits of Man are evil. And, above all, no animal must never tyrannise over his own kind.” (31) Old Major implies that the worst habit of man is their power-hungry nature, so he declares these vows to separate themselves from mankind. He gives the animals the feeling of empowerment, giving them the idea that…show more content…
Old Major states, “All animals are equal.” (31-32) The animals react to his idea with a sense of pride. They even carry through Old Major’s ideas by creating commandments using those exact words. The language Orwell uses gives the sense of hope to the animals after long feeling oppressed. After Napoleon gains power, the commandments undergo great changes that contradict the original ideals. By changing the commandments, Napolean compromises the animals’ freedom. For example, a change is made to the most crucial commandment which declares that all animals are equal. The commandment is then changed to, “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” (133) The use of the word “equal” has an underlying meaning of being more important or under better living circumstances in this newly-formed animal hierarchy This reinforces the mood of confusion and incohesion Orwell sets, which gives the readers the understanding that the masses’ lives were better off before the revolution because they were overworked and taken from, as opposed to life under Napoleon’s rule, where they are overworked, stolen from, lied to, and abused and…show more content…
For example, in Old Major’s speech, he states, “...for your four confinements and all your labour in the fields, what have you ever had except your bare rations and a stall?” (29) This propaganda used by Old Major to convince the animals to revolt. He implies that as a result of a successful revolution against humans, the animals’ lives would improve and they would have much better living conditions, setting moods of hope and determination. Eventually, “rations” are mentioned again, but in a completely light. In the midst of being overworked, Squealer explains to the animals, “...too rigid equality in rations...would have been contrary to the principles of animalism.” (115) Squealer’s explanation as to why the pigs are making “readjustments” to the animals’ food rations is a logical fallacy, although, barely propaganda as it is a blatant lie, which the animals could not reason after being deprived of their learning opportunities. To keep the animals grateful, Squealer emphasizes how the farm’s production rates have skyrocketed compared to when Mr. Jones was in charge. This sets a mood of passiveness and weariness about the animals, which the readers get the understanding that the quality of living for the masses during the Russian Revolution was greatly doomed, but always drew to
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