The power of words refers to the ability of someone who is in the position of authority to influence or force people into submission. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a satirical portrayal of the Soviet Revolution, as there are many similarities and equivalents of characters and events between the novel and Soviet history. Whereby, the culture of fear existed in both and was exacerbated through the use of rhetoric. In Animal Farm, the pigs trap the other animals in a submission of power through the approach of propaganda and manipulation of language.
Animal Farm is basically a fable on the history of Russia during the Soviet times. One of the main themes in terms of comparison between the Soviet revolution and Animal Farm is that both initially began on an optimistic edge with a push to strengthen the working class and a powerful motive for movement towards nationalism and unity. There are many parallels conveyed concerning the two, one of which being the similarity of the ideological battle between the classes for freedom in both cases; another being the founding of Animalism (Communism) which led to corruption and the appointing of a cruel dictator. The cruel dictator (Napoleon) takes over shortly after the ruling authority (Mr. Jones) is out of the picture. As the book progresses further, we discover how hypocritical Napoleon is, as we precede along with his lies and all the promises he breaks.
One of the main issues George Orwell’s Animal Farm approaches through characters is of which language can be manipulated as an instrument of control. This wicked misuse of language in the book is shown through the pigs – mainly being Squealer, Napoleon’s representative. It can be acknowledged in many areas in the novel. For example, he gradually reconfigures the original seven