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Truths In The Preface Of Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Many people chose not to believe the reality behind Soviet communism and all of the terrible things that were happening in Russia when Joseph Stalin was in control. In the Preface of Animal Farm, Russell Baker stated that “Orwell was that political figure that all politicians feared” (Baker, ix) and that “he insisted on the truth even when the truth was most inconvenient” (Baker, ix). Russell Baker’s assertion is proven to be true in multiple spots throughout the book. Some events that happen in George Orwell’s book, prove certain truths to be factual because they are based off of things that actually happened with Soviet Communism. By proving these to be true, politicians fear him because he makes people open their eyes to truths about the world they would rather be blind to instead. The first truth George Orwell tells in his book Animal Farm, is that brainwashing in the form of propaganda works. He shows this truth when Napoleon uses Squealer as a form of propaganda that promotes himself and makes everything else look bad in the eyes of the animals on the farm. Squealer uses logos when talking to the animals telling them of yet another lie about Snowball, “Jones’s shot only grazed him. I could show you this in his own writing, if you were able to read it” (Orwell, 90). By stating he could show the other animals that Snowball did write it, it makes his claim more credible to the animals who didn’t believe him. It also helped that the animals could not check if he was
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