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How does Orwell depict the relationship between Napoleon and the other animals in this extract?

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HOW DOES ORWELL DEPICT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NAPOLEON AND THE OTHER ANIMALS IN THIS EXTRACT? The idyllic setting of life on the farm provides little clue of the harsh realities George Orwell exposes in Animal Farm. Napoleon is portrayed in this novel as a harsh self-centred leader who acts in a manner of selfishness in order to achieve his goal. Orwell's choice of having Napoleon as the predominant leader on the farm is far from any coincidence, as his use of fear and propaganda against the vulnerable animals simply leads to outright annihilation on Animal Farm. Napoleon is illustrated as one who 'seldom moved out of walk'; this is a very ironic tone that Orwell uses because despite his lack of work he still indulges himself in luxuries the Farm has to offer. ...read more.


All the animals 'stood gazing mournfully' as 'there it lay, the fruit of all their struggles leveled to its foundations.' Even Napoleon was 'unable to speak'; he clearly realised that something had to be done immediately. He 'paced to and fro in silence and twitched from side to side'; clear signs of 'immense mental activity' were being shown. Suddenly he halted and silently made up his mind to find a scapegoat in the form of Snowball. Napoleon roars out in a thunderous voice branding Snowball as a traitor who is attempting to 'avenge himself for his ignominious expulsion.' Napoleon's relationship with the other animals is clearly eminent here, as with incredible ease he brainwashes the animals into believing that it truly was Snowball who committed this attack. ...read more.


Other similar circumstances recorded in the novel showing the use of propaganda are through Squealer. He uses fear incorporated with propaganda in stating his view, and then using the technique of a rhetoric question; 'Surely none of you wishes to see the return of Mr. Jones?' This is a question which clearly does not need answering, hence instating control over the animals. After persuading the animals that this event was completely due to the jealousy of Snowball, Napoleon then makes them start rebuilding straight away, he declares it is to 'teach this miserable traitor a lesson.' Through the use of symbolism in the portrayal of the relationship between Napoleon and the animals, Orwell lets us see the harsh reality of a totalitarian state. It shows the nature of dictatorship in a society like Animal Farm, thus it neatly expresses the hypocrisy of those who preach equality. 1 Adnan Younis 5R-KSL ...read more.

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