Animal Farm

what are characteristics of snowball and squealer?

animal farm, the three pigs

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One of the leaders among the pigs, Snowball is a young pig that is up for sale. He is more intelligent than Napoleon but lacks Napoleon’s depth of character. He is also a brilliant orator. Snowball, who represents Leon Trotsky, is a progressive politician and aims to improve Animal Farm with a windmill and other technological advances, but Napoleon expels him before he can do so. In his absence, Snowball comes to represent an abstract idea of evil...Snowball can more generally be said to represent systems of belief outside of communism, which the government demonizes in order to lionize its own system.


The best known of the porker pigs, Squealer has “very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.” He is also “a brilliant talker” who is talented in the art of argument. The other pigs say Squealer “could turn black into white” (35). Under Napoleon’s rule, Squealer acts as the liaison to the other animals. He lies to them, rewriting history and reading them encouraging, but false, statistics. Squealer is especially good at playing on the animals’ ignorance and gullibility. He represents the propaganda machine of a totalitarian government.


Squealer: Good Talker ( always persuades the animals ) Persuasive ( convinces the animals with the same threat of "you don't want Jones to come back, do you?") Manipulative ( he makes the animals believe almost anything)

Snowball: Creative ( he has good ideas for the farm (windmill) ) Respected ( he is respected by the other animals b/c he fought so bravely at the battle of cowshed.) Intelligent ( he learned how to read and taught the other animals. he read many books and came up with the windmill idea.)


The book, Animal Farm by George Orwell.