English I/Period 3
November 20, 2012
The Power of Propaganda
Animal Farm consists of many different forms of propaganda which is the spreading of ideas, information, or rumors for purpose of helping or injuring someone or something. Because Animal Farm is based on a political system, it easily lends itself to satire. The flaws of animals are showcased in every situation. It is shown a lot through squealer and the animals on the farm, and they lack awareness of what they are doing. Because of the use of propaganda the animals lose their rights and freedoms. The spreading of information or propaganda can be used in many different forms or techniques. Band wagon is displayed throughout the book by the sheep, which are the animals that represent the common/working class people in a Russian communist system. The propaganda term “bandwagon” is the persuading of the audience to follow the crowd. This device reinforces the desire to be on the winning side, and also plays on feelings of loneliness and isolation to the people who are not part of the group. In the book Animal Farm “bandwagon” is best displayed by the sheep that are the mindless animals that follow anyone who displays the most power. Orwell shows this, stating, “But suddenly the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep, menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent and sat down again. Then the sheep broke out into a tremendous bleating of "Four legs good, two legs bad!" which went on for nearly a quarter of an hour and put an end to any chance of discussion”(Orwell 52). This proof from the book shows that the sheep will follow or bandwagon anyone who possesses the most power, which in this case is Napoleon since he has the dogs under his control. This also shows that the sheep are “band wagon” Napoleon out of fear, because as soon as the dogs growled the sheep broke out in a terrified pleads. Other than “bandwagon” another form of propaganda,...
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