Moral of Animal Farm

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 691
  • Published : December 13, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
Moral of Animal Farm
The novel Animal Farm by George Orwell contains main characters that are animals and are played in a manner that is unrealistic, which easily fits the definition of a fable. All fables hold a moral of some kind, however it’s not always “don’t talk to strangers,” or “true love will find a way.” Animal Farm’s moral, although not simply stated at the end, is an important concept that can do good to those who know it. Any type of leader will often manipulate others for their own benefits, very much like how the pigs of animal farm who figure a way to influence, Squealer, Boxer, and the hens in order to gain personal benefits.

The pigs of Animal Farm obtain the most power, making them the most influential animals on the farm. One of “The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer... He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he […] was somehow very persuasive” (Orwell 26). Napoleon, at the start, knew how Squealer’s charming phrases can be used to rally the other animals to his favor. From then on Napoleon always uses Squealer as his public speaker and propaganda machine. The first instance of uncertainty regarding the pigs is when “some of other animals murmured” about the pigs taking the apples and milk for themselves. Squealer, later, states that “Milk and apples… contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig” and “Jones would come back!” if they “failed in [their] duty” (Orwell 42). Squealer’s most convincing propaganda is the suggestion of Jones coming back if the animals did not agree with the pigs. A return of Jones is not supported by the animals so of course the pigs use it to their advantage. Squealer is also used to motivate the barn animals to work harder. In the bitter winters, “Squealer made excellent speeches on the joy of service and the dignity of labour” to the other animals (Orwell 75). These speeches told by Squealer’s golden tongue are always able to keep...
tracking img