Squealer Essay

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Squealer Manipulative Ways Animal Farm, written by George Orwell is an allegory reflecting the horrifying effects of a totalitarian government. One of Orwell’s characters, Squealer (based on Vyacheslav Molotov) is a clever and very persuasive pig. His job: to promote Napoleons personal image and later on, become his intermediary. He cunningly justifies “Comrade Napoleons” actions when the other animals begin to question his authority. He exploits the animals on Animal Farm by using erroneous information and abusing their emotions as techniques to sway them. Squealers persuasive speaking skills are first presented when the other animals find out that only the pigs were to receive the apples & milk. He clarifies this by insisting that the apples & milk are “absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig” (Orwell 32). He creates the illusion that the pigs aren’t receiving the milk & apples as a luxury, but instead as a type of medicine: “Comrades, You do not imagine... that we pigs are doing this in selfishness and privilege?” (Orwell 32). He continues by saying “We pigs are brain workers, the organization of the farm totally depends on us” (Orwell 42). Here Squealer puts the sake of the whole farm (and Animalism) on the pigs consuming the apples & milk. He uses the fear of Jones coming back to end the conversation. Squealer also uses guilt as a way to persuade the animals. When the other animals discover that the pigs have changed their residence to the farmhouse. The animals consult the commandments wall; they notice that the commandment “No animal shall sleep in a bed” (Orwell 23) had been changed to “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets” (Orwell 45); since sheets was a human invention. Squealer reassures them that “there was never a ruling against beds” (Orwell 60) and that the sheets were removed. To put the subject in a “proper perspective” he stating
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