HOW PROPAGANDA WAS USED IN ANIMAL FARM
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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