Animal Farm : Lies and Deceit
In Animal Farm deception is used to gain power. The pigs deceive the other animals about the past, the present, and even the future. They convince them that certain events did or did not occur. They deceive them by changing the commandments on the wall several times and lying to them by saying that they were never changed. They deceive them in the present, pretending that their situation is better than it really is. And they deceive the farm animals as far as plans for the future, ensuring them their dreams will come true when they know very well that they won’t. We see that superior intelligence is often used not to lead justly, but to lead with unjustness The pigs use intellectual superiority to dictate the rest of the animals and make them do exactly what they say without question. The pigs resemble Stalin and Hitler, in a way that they use the weak minded basically as their servants without them even knowing. They live on the principle “Do as I say not as I do” and therefore they can turn the commandments to their liking. For example the commandment stating that “No animal shall drink alcohol” was changed by the pigs to “No animal shall drink alcohol to excess” They changed almost all the commandments to their liking: No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets
No animal shall drink alcohol to excess
No animal shall kill any other animal without cause
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others In the end of the book it shows the pigs and the humans playing a game of cards which was once against the commandment, George Orwell stated that the pigs had become so much like humans that it was hard to tell the difference, “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
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