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The Ram

By | September 2008
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In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, lies and deception are spread by Squealer in an absolutely ingenious way. Squealer’s matter-of-fact way of spreading the facts regarding the animals’ food situation consequently ended any protest pertaining to hunger. “On Sunday mornings Squealer would read out to them lists of figures proving that the production of every class of foodstuff had increased by two hundred per cent, three hundred per cent, or five hundred per cent, as the case might be.”(p99) The animals could not clearly remember what conditions had been like before the Rebellion. Squealer realized that the animals were dumb and hard working enough to let something like hunger be disregarded. There would be no need for an intricate explanation. Deceitfulness played a role in Squealer’s ability to extend the pigs’ domination as well as befuddle the animals’ conception of the basic principles of Animalism. “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.”(p98) Sneaking out at night to paint changes on the Seven Commandments was the perfect plan. Not a single animal on the farm had memorized the first set of Commandments along with possessing the ability to read. The pigs must have been breaking the laws, but those who could decipher the writing pointed out that there had been small additions which they had missed that authorized their behavior. The animal’s fuzzy memories were opened through Squealer’s graphic descriptions, especially those of the events of the Rebellion. “And do you not remember, too, that it was just at that moment, when panic was spreading and all seemed lost, that Comrade Napoleon sprang forward with a cry of ‘Death to Humanity!’ and sank his teeth in Jones’s leg?”(p90) The animals were not wrong in believing that the said event had happened. The only falsity in this statement was that Snowball, not Napoleon, had performed the act. However, without a marked recollection of the actual happening, one fictitious detail in such as a...

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