Rhetoric In Animal Farm. 13/4/17 – Daniel Griggs. Rhetoric

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Rhetoric In Animal Farm 13/4/17 – Daniel Griggs Rhetoric is a persuasive tool, consisting of logos which is logic and reasoning, pathos which is emotional language and ethos which is character and fundamental values. Rhetoric is a fundamental thing used by pigs and importantly Squealer, whom persuade other animals to follow the pig’s decisions and needs. Orwell uses the theme of education and literacy as a way of emphasising the importance of language and rhetoric as an instrument of social control. In Animal Farm, reading, writing and rhetoric is used as a means of social control by the pigs. The pigs on Animal Farm have the ability to read and write which allows them to persuade animals with their rhetoric for social control as well as…show more content…
Therefore, rhetoric and language are an important means of social control. A key character who explores the themes of rhetoric and social control, is the pig Squealer, the animals are easily tricked particularly by Squealer who has an understanding of rhetoric and is able to control other animals by abusing language and radicalising simple mantras bleated by sheep, “Four legs good, two legs bad”. This causes Animals with opposing views to be silenced out and the mass of uneducated animals follow along as big words are complicated to understand but small words and simplistic slogans are easy to follow regardless of their logic. “Frightened though they were, some of the animals might possibly have protested, but at this moment the sheep set up their usual bleating of "Four legs good, two legs bad," which went on for several minutes and put an end to the discussion.” (7.36) Some animals could have stated their opposing opinions, yet would be quickly disregarded by the mass of sheep, simply repeating their mantra. In this sense, Orwell criticises Stalinist Russia too and draws parallels. Some protests that supported Stalin, would consist of supporters repeating their mantras and insult or libel people who hold different opinions, even though that opinion could be reasonable and truthful. Squealer is the ultimate propaganda machine, his use of warped logic is extremely effective. “No one believes more firmly than Comrade

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