Propaganda in Animal Farm

Topics: Animal Farm, The Wall, The Animals Pages: 4 (530 words) Published: October 8, 1999

Propaganda is used by people to falsify or distort the truth. In the book Animal

Farm, many things happened to Napoleon and the other pigs because of using propaganda.

First of all, Napoleon and the pigs used propaganda to tell lies the animals would

believe. For example, when Boxer was taken away in the knacker truck, Squealer got all

the animals to believe that the truck had been bought by the hospital, but they hadn't taken

the stickers on the side off yet (pg. 115). Also, on page 61, when Napoleon first drove

out Snowball, Napoleon told the animals that the windmill was his idea and he just

pretended not to like it to get rid of Snowball. The animals all believed him because they

were ignorant. And finally, when the windmill was first destroyed, on page 72, Napoleon

used propaganda to make all the animals believe that Snowball had destroyed the windmill

himself and had been a traitor from the beginning. He even had them convinced that

Snowball had actually tried to sabotage the Battle of Cowshed but failed (pg. 79).

Secondly, all the people that were lying and using propaganda were gaining power.

The pigs were given larger amounts of food, and even lived in better conditions than the

other animals. They were able to do this because they told all the animals that, since they

were the real brains behind Animal Farm's accomplishments, they needed to rest better so

they could be in good mental health. Squealer used propaganda more then any other

animal on the farm, and he prospered from it. He became Napoleon's second hand man by

making everyone believe they remembered wrongly about the commandments (pg. 70),

and made sure everyone always believed Napoleon was a good leader. The best example

was Napoleon; he lied about the windmill (pg. 61), the Battle of Cowshed (pg. 79), and

the changing of the commandments (pg. 69) to get away with many things and...
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