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Squealer and the corrupt use of Propaganda - Animal Farm.

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Squealer and the corrupt use of Propaganda The novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is a 'fairy tale' describing the dangers of a dictatorial government. Orwell, through the character called Squealer, shows how propaganda can affect those in a communist society in a harmful way. Squealer was short and fat and was known to be able to change black into white. Through his persuasive talks, he was able to manipulate most on the farm. In the novel, Orwell uses Squealer to show how propaganda influenced the other characters. Squealer is a clever but cunning pig who is highly intelligent and a very good speaker as well. The first time Squealer lies to the animals is when the animals find out that the milk and apples are being given to the pigs. Here, Squealer is sent to explain why the food had not been shared equally. ...read more.

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By hiding their true objectives, the pigs are soon able to get hold of whatever they want with little conflict. Orwell uses Squealer to represent the Pravda, the Russian newspaper controlled by the government during Joseph Stalin's rule. In this newspaper, the government were able to use propaganda and get their views and ideas across to the public in this way. We can now see that Squealer was used as the messenger between the pigs and the other animals on the farm. Napoleon stated that Squealer was now to issue all orders and give all information as like Joseph Stalin, Napoleon soon stopped all communication with the rest of the farm. "There were times when it seemed to the animals that they worked longer hours and fed no better than they had in Jones's day. On Sunday mornings Squealer, holding a long strip of paper with his trotter, would read out to them lists of figures ...read more.

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As Napoleon and Snowball disagree on everything, Napoleon feels he is a threat and exiles Snowball from the farm. He uses Squealer to insult the 'enemy' Snowball and slowly persuade the other animals that he was no better than a criminal. 'Suppose you had decided to follow Snowball with his moonshine of windmills- Snowball, who as we now know, was no better than a criminal?'" Napoleon uses Squealer's speaking talents to defeat all doubt of the Snowball's deceit and to raise himself to a higher level of importance by revealing Snowball as a traitor to the farm. Here, we observe that the use of propaganda was also used for the benefit of ones own personal interests. The novel describes well the corrupt use of propaganda. Through the sly and cunning Squealer, Orwell was able to portray how manipulation was used to persuade the others into believing lies, threats and that the environment in which they lived was a perfect utopia whereas the reality was far worse. ...read more.

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