The PigsDeceptiontion In Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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The pigs’ deception is so effective because they built their reputation of being intelligent within the farm and thus the animals accept what they say as true. The pigs’ reputation is present from the beginning of Animal Farm when Major tries to encourage the other animals to rebel. Major is “so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour’s sleep in order to hear what he had to say” (Orwell 4). This quote shows how important Major is and how influential he is on the farm. Thus, one can assume that his reputation in a way represents the other pigs for he is the most prominent member of the pigs. His reputation of being wise and benevolent is the reason the animals revere him so. Then when he dies the work of organizing the animals falls upon the pigs. “The work of teaching and organizing the others fell upon the pigs, who were generally recognized as being the cleverest animals” (Orwell 15). This quote show that the other animals who are collectively less educated than the pigs are heavily relying on the pigs’ reputation to figure out in their mind who they are. By generalizing the pigs as intelligent the animals fall into the trap that many people do. A real example of this is how people sometimes generalize Muslims as terrorist. When one generalizes, they can either open themselves up or ignorantly close themselves to the other aspects of the person, place, or thing. In Animal Farm, the animals open themselves up and end causing themselves to

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