How Does Orwell Vividly Portray the Importance of Squealer in Animal Farm?

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Orwell shows us how important squealer is in the novel by showing us how effective his language is when performing his persuasive speeches on behalf of the other pigs.

In Squealers first speech he explains to the animals that the pigs are eating all the apples and the milk out of good will when they supposedly strongly dislike them. He uses several techniques which persuade the animals into believing all that squealer says is true; he uses rhetorical questions for example: “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege?” Squealer uses this rhetorical question right at the opening of his persuasive speech to draw the other animals and maybe make them think again about all the pigs being selfish and un-just. It also tells what Squealers speech will be addressing and saying how the animals thoughts and/or opinions were wrong. “Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself.” When Squealer says this he is saying how he is suffering as well for all the other animals on the farm to maybe make the other animals feel sympathetic towards him. “Milk and apples (this has been proved by science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brain-workers, the whole management of this farm depend on us.” Here you can see that Squealer has used hyperbole saying that milk and apples are absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. This is clearly not true but is trying to give a reason as to why the pigs must eat the apples if they supposedly dislike them. He also told a lie when he said that it had been proven by science when it hadn’t. What he was trying to do was to re-enforce what he then said about apples and milk being absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. Squealer also mentions Jones 3 times this is to make the more intelligently animals scared as they know how bad things were with Jones and be happy with the pigs having all the milk and...
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