Language and Propaganda in "Animal Farm" Analytical Essay by Mcote

Language and Propaganda in "Animal Farm"
Describes the use of language in the novel, "Animal Farm," to promote propaganda.
# 57020 | 1,397 words | 1 source | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2005 in Literature (English) , Political Science (Communism) , Sociology (Theory) , English (Analysis)

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"Animal Farm" by George Orwell is a political satire used to illustrate the condition of the government in Russia during the reign of Stalin. This paper describes how Orwell's pigs, symbolizing the political figureheads in Russia at that time, use language to brainwash the "lesser" animals into going along with their self-serving plans. The paper makes use of quotations from the text to support its points.

From the Paper:

"The pigs, meant to mirror the actions of Trotsky and Stalin, twist the concept of Animalism, meant to represent the Socialist ideal, into something that could be manipulated and used to their advantage. Even before Snowball (Trotsky) had been banished from the farm due to false allegations of treason, the treachery had already begun; what with the insistence of the pigs that they needed more food than the other animals to do their all-important jobs of "supervising" and "organizing," as Squealer explains in this passage, "Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us (pg. 52).""

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