13 August 2014
George Orwell, the author of the novel Animal Farm describes how the animals on the farm use self- preservation in order to protect themselves from the damage that the humans are causing. One particular character Squealer, who was a pig in second in command to the leader also known as “Leader Comrade Napoleon.” Squealer is an essential asset to Napoleon, cause he uses Squealer to deliver messages to the other animals on the farm. Although Squealer is important to Napoleon, Squealer has his own concerns of self- preservation in which he uses Napoleon to service himself. Squealer expresses his self- preservation by manipulating the other animals into supporting Napoleon. Also Squealer uses his authority over the other animals in order for them to do things that they think will benefit them, but in reality they don’t. We additional see Squealer using self-preservation by deceiving the other animals on the farm. Ultimately, we see Squealer display his self- preservation by taking and keeping power in order to protect himself.
The first thing that Squealer does to show self-preservation is that he supports everything thing Napoleon says or does. Squealer shows his support to Napoleon because he is in a position of power, which means Napoleon would be able to protect Squealer and reward him by allowing him to sleep in the house and take over supervising the other animals. When most of the food collected from the harvest is given to the pigs and dogs, most of the animals become upset and to ease the chaos Squealer says, “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health” (Orwell 42). Squealer convinces the other animals to give more food to the pigs so that they can have food to “help” then expand their knowledge. By persuading...
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