Animal Farm Propaganda

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Propaganda in Animal Farm Animal Farm by George Orwell is an allegory of real-life events that took place in the past and representation of human life in which propaganda plays a huge role. Propaganda is information, ideas, or rumors that are intentionally spread in order to influence someone to act or think a certain way. It often associated with deceit and appeals to the emotions instead of the intellect. Those who are guilty of propaganda use it because it easily persuades a certain group of people to think the same way they do, which is what they are trying to accomplish. One example of propaganda in the novel is when the other animals start to assume the pigs are being selfish as they take upon all the apples to only themselves. Squealer is quick to refute that “ ‘Our sole object in taking these (milk and apples) is to preserve our health. (They) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig.’ ” (pg. 43) He argues that the whole management and organization of the farm depends on them and it is for everyone’s sake they eat the milk and apples solely. By using the idea that it is for everyone’s good that the pigs eat the milk and apples, they are able to convince the other animals that they are not taking advantage of them like they had originally thought. In the same context, Squealer also frightens the animals by saying “Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back!” (pg. 43) By using this propaganda technique, Squealer appeals to everyone’s fears and immediately all doubts of the Ha-2 pigs being selfish were cast out of the other animals’ minds as they are made to think the pigs are only doing what is best for the farm. When Snowball is expelled from the farm, this is another example of the propaganda being used to the pigs’ advantage. Squealer explains that “Napoleon had never in

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