Animal Farm

propaganda serves the positive task of uniting people, sometimes at the cost of misleading them. i want to know how napoleon uses propaganda to gain power and then keep it as the novel progresses

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Napoleon's biggest ally when using his propaganda on the animals of the farm is their ignorance and faulty memories. He uses Squealer, an accomplished well spoken pig whom the animals listen to in order to push his ideas and implement his plans. Squealer is almost hypnotic when he speaks to the animals and quells their concerns, he swishes his tail back and forth and always reminds the animals how bad it was when Jones was in power. He threatens the animals with the possibility of Jones returning if they do not agree. Napoleon blames the farm's failures on Snowball who is no where to be found so he cannot deny or confirm any truth of what is said, for example when the windmill was destroyed the first time. Napoleon also waits for enough time to pass before he changes history and says that it was he who led the attack on Jones during the revolution and it was he who was awarded the medal of honor. He claims that it was he who thought of building the windmill and that he drew the plans for it. He has the commandments changed secretly to reflect the actions of the pigs. The animals question it, but the pigs confirm it's true with such conviction that the animals believe it must be true because the pigs are so much smarter than them. Napoleon also uses fear when propagandizes the farm. He has the nine ferocious dogs by his side threatening harm or even death if the animals refuse to go along with his ideas.




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