Squealer's Influence on the Outcome of Animal Farm by George Orwell

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To what extent does Squealer influence the outcome of the revolution in Animal Farm? “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies”, this quote by the poet Alfred Tennyson was supremely important to relate to the role of Squealer in Animal Farm. Squealer was the an allegorical figure who spreads all of Napoleon’s propaganda, including using demonstrations, which was parallel to Pravda, the official newspaper of Soviet Union. In Animal Farm, Squealer was known for his friendly, disarming charm. He used strategies to manipulate emotions of animals, to articulate Napoleon’s policies and reconciled on two levels: to maintain a unity between the rest of the animals and the pigs, and also to explain there is no contradiction between the original seven commandments and the subsequent amendments made by the pigs. In chapter five, the animal’s windmill had been destroyed overnight. Squealer convinced the animals that Snowball was a criminal and also a traitor, by using propaganda. He used propaganda to spread what happened and claimed that apart from Snowball, no one else would have wanted to tear down the windmill. In addition, he was able to use Boxer’s weakness; his quote “Napoleon is always right” to win the hearts and minds of the animals. Squealer worked closely with Napoleon since he was the animal in charge. As a result, most of the animals obeyed his ruling. He also created a sense of fear through the dogs, making the animals have a sense of uncompromising

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