Animal Farm

How is language used as an instrument of political control?

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Language is used as a powerful tool for manipulation. Consider Squealer the pig. He manipulates (spins) meaning to validate Napoleons changing of rules and commandments. The truth hence becomes a malleable message meant to serve Napoleon rather than help all the animals. Squealer's "spin" on the truth becomes the reality for the animals. Language thus becomes an agent of social control rather than communication.