Many people believe that a strictly controlled environment is the best type of environment; however, in Animal Farm that is proven incorrect when the animals start to speak their minds. All Napoleon wanted was power but he couldn’t have it, so he eliminated his other threat for command, Snowball, and as a result he got what he wanted: power. Power, a main theme in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, means independence for the animals; through George Orwell’s use of indirect characterization, Orwell indicates that Napoleon is a good liar which contributes to Napoleon’s power. Orwell also indicates through indirect characterization that Squealer is best described as a kiss up which contributes to Squealer’s power. In Animal Farm, Orwell uses indirect characterization to describe Napoleon: a good liar. In the text it states that Napoleon convinces the animals that “It had not been possible, he said, to bring back their lamented comrade’s remains for interment on the farm, but he had ordered a large wreath to be made from the laurels in the farmhouse garden and sent down to be placed on Boxer’s grave.” This proves that Napoleon is a liar because in reality the remains of Boxer were traded with the grocer for the case of whiskey they got one night soon after his death. As time progressed they learned that Napoleon was full of lies, but never called him out on any of them anymore, “The talk of setting aside a corner of the pasture for superannuated animals had long since been dropped.” This shows that Napoleon is a liar because he never came true to his word about the elderly animals. That’s why I believe that Napoleon can best be described through Orwell’s indirect characterization as a liar.
In Animal Farm Squealer can be best described using indirect characterization a by Orwell: a kiss up. In this example, Squealer lies about the death of Boxer for Napoleon, “I was at his bedside at the very last. And at the end, almost too weak to speak, he whispered in my ear that...
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