They can do what they want, and they will always get away with it. How do they do it? They tell lies and spread propaganda. When the pigs do something wrong, they make up an overcomplicated reasoning so that the other animals don’t understand, but will believe what they’re being told. Also, when the animals question them, the pigs change the commandments in their favor.
The animals that most clearly show the destructive sinfulness, with all its selfishness, exploitation and betrayal, are the pigs. The pigs, led by Napoleon, show throughout the book that they want to run Animal Farm for their own benefit. Once the animals had rid the farm of the humans, the pigs saw the opportunity to seize power. From the start of the animal’s rule over the farm, the pigs established
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.
Analysis of Squealer In the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell, a particular pig named Squealer portrays and reflects the Russian propagandists and the newspaper (the Pravda) and had a great influence in the plot of Animal Farm. Being a stout, pink pig with a monocle, he skips around when arguing and talking. The role played by Squealer was devious and cunning, and was provided by with an absolute number of lies. Squealer justifies monopolization of resources and spreads false statistics throughout the farm. Based on his actions, speech, and what others comments about him, one can conclude Squealer’s attributes include manipulation, the skill of being a brilliant talker, and overall a propagandist.
One such case is that of Boxer, ‘an enormous beast’ who was ‘as strong as any two ordinary horses put together’. This horse’s own ignorance and loyalty lead to his death at the hands of Napolean, the animal Boxer was most loyal to. Boxer does not enjoy dwelling on his own dilemmas and so allows the pigs to decide for him. Thus he adopts two maxims, ‘I must work harder’ and Napolean is always right’. His stupidity blocks him from realising that he could rally all the farm animals to rebel against the tyrannical pigs.
Therefore he appears to be trustworthy and friendly with all of the animals, allowing them to believe that he is, and belongs with them and not with the pigs of higher authority. Squealer speaks of leadership as 'extra labour' and, in doing so, promotes Napoleon as widely admirable, commendable and highly idolised by creating an image of Napoleon making a 'sacrifice'. This forces the animals into believing that he is the supreme leader and is massively superior to Mr Jones. However Napoleon and his companions are extremely corrupt and dishonest, especially in conjunction with Squealer because of his responsibility as a burden. He uses guilt and fear to instigate the anxiousness of jones’ tyranny coming back into power over the animals’ mind sets.
George Orwell has created Napoleon for entertainment purposes but also teach the reader about the Russian Revolution. Napoleon is a powerful reader. He is very manipulative and is a very clever and sneaky. The name Napoleon means a powerful egocentric leader who said, “l'état c'est moi” (the state is mine), tyrant, French military, war, short. “Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar…not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way.” The word “fierce” describe Napoleon as furious and violent.
Since the pigs were the ‘brainworkers’, they start to gain more and more power subsequently through leadership which then corrupts them. Firstly, one of the messages George Orwell expresses is that absolute power builds to corruption. Orwell’s point is that power tends to corrupt but absolute power, where all power is given to you, corrupts completely. But when all the power is given to you, you will always want more which builds to corruption and this is demonstrated throughout the Animal Farm. One of the quotes said, “You do not imagine, I hope that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege?
The other animals are powerless beneath him. This shows that Napoleon is power hungry by stating “the puppies wagged their tails to him in the same way that the other dogs had done to Mr Jones.” This indicates that Napoleon has raised the puppies to be his secret weapon and to do all the appalling deeds that Napoleon; himself
He feels determined to shape his own future and break tradition – no matter the consequences. From this single selfish desire, many evil deeds began to sprout. Edmund is skilled in the manipulation of other individuals. He understands and genuinely believes that one who is known as the “fox” and the “lion” is most successful. Edmund exploits Edgar’s trust when he lies to manipulate him, saying that “If you do stir abroad, go armed...