Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Orwell deals with the problem of rhetoric in ’Animal Farm’ by demonstrating how language can cause corruption. There are many characters in his book ‘Animal Farm’ that use rhetoric to convince and manipulate, however, the most talented persuasive speaker is Squealer. Squealer’s ability to use rhetoric is unrivalled, this is the reason Napoleon rises to power. Squealer uses the power in language to distort the truth in his speeches. When Napoleon wanted a problem fixed he would simply ask Squealer to talk to the animals and the animals would believe and be on board with whatever he said. Squealer uses many persuasive techniques such as rhetorical questions, inclusive language and exaggeration, but most of all he uses rhetoric. Rhetoric, throughout the book is seen as a bigger enemy than Napoleon or Mr. Jones could have ever been. It shows that there is no good that can come of lying, confusing or distorting true meaning. Orwell does a thorough job at demonstrating how much of a problem rhetoric really is. Napoleon’s greatest challenger is Snowball. Napoleon has been evil from the start but now, with Mr. Jones gone there is no-one strong enough to oppose him. He can finally do as he pleases. He only needs to convince the animals. He has always wanted his own way and it seems he will go as far as it takes, even condemn Snowball’s work on the windmill. He knows very well that with the construction of the windmill under Snowball’s guidance, Snowball will be viewed as ‘better’ and would give him power. Power, that he believes, is rightfully his. He knows the windmill will benefit his welfare yet he is still willing to oppose this idea in order to keep Snowball from taking any power. Snowball was a real threat to Napoleon. Unfortunatel... ... middle of paper ... ...ed when used to shift the balance of power. The problem therefore stems from its ill use by the pigs, Napoleon and of course Squealer to gain authority and power over the animals. Orwell really proves throughout the book that rhetoric really is a problem. He demonstrates how easy it is to confuse the animals into believing what they are told when they do not understand the concept. It works as an effective means of portraying the message, ‘Rhetoric is a problem’. Squealer uses Rhetoric to confuse the animals on the farm into thinking that they remember something that didn’t happen. He also tricked animals into believing what Napoleon says, and he had a perfect audience to listen to him, an uneducated, loyal group of animals. George Orwell really managed to articulate the message he wanted to get across with the use of language in its most powerful form ‘rhetoric’.
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