It is fear alone that controls the lower animals in Animal Farm
Animal Farm /
Pages: 3 (1016 words) /
Published: Aug 11th, 2015
Topic: It is fear along with manipulation, propaganda, the ignorance of the lower animals and the level of intelligence that the pigs have over the other animals that controls the lower animals in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Fear, while extremely prominent, is not the only device used to control the lower animals in the allegorical masterpiece, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Along with fear, the pigs use manipulation, propaganda, the ignorance of the lower animals and the level of intelligence that they have over them. Underneath this story of a group of animals attempting to create a new world, lies a tale of corruption and power that ultimately denounces the notion of capitalism.
Fear is used extensively throughout Animal Farm by the pigs; they use it as a compelling mechanism to control the lower animals. It is an obvious abuse of power by the pigs and forces the animals to do things they usually wouldn’t. One of the fears shared by all of the animals is that of Mr Jones returning to take over the farm, the pigs know this very well and use it to their advantage. They continually remind them of the threat at their meetings: “Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” This gives the pigs incredible power over the other animals because they look to someone who can protect them from the risk of Mr Jones. The other main fear that the pigs use to control the animals is the ferocious dogs brought up by Napoleon himself. Just like the NKVD carried out purges, executing anyone who Stalin perceived as a threat, the dogs were the violent force that allowed Napoleon to stay in power. The risk of being attacked by the dogs stopped the animals from betraying the farm in the same way they think Snowball betrayed them. Fear is an immensely influential device used by the pigs, although it is certainly not the only one.
Additionally, propaganda is used to make the animals feel good about being a part of Animal Farm and give