The Pigs' Intellectual Exploitation in Animal Farm An author often writes a novel as a warning to mankind. In Animal Farm, George Orwell creates a world of animals that allegorically represent man. The intelligent pigs take advantage of the uneducated lower animals and take control of the farm. By showing the steady increase of the pigs' intellectual exploitation of the lower animals, Orwell warns the reader of the importance of an education. Immediately after the revolution, the pigs began their intellectual exploitation of the lower farm animals by telling them that the cows' milk would be mixed with apples for the benefit of the pigs' health. "
It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples” (Orwell 31). This quote is an example of ethos, because it shows that the pigs are looking out for the other animals. This shows that the pigs have credible reason to have the milk and apples. It is not really true that the pigs need all of the milk to themselves, so Squealer is using his speaking skills to his advantage, so that he and all of the other pigs are able to enjoy all of the milk. This is not fair to the rest of the animals, but the animals trust the pigs to know how to run things on the farm, so they accept this as a viable reason for their greediness.
(pg.52) Squealer is trying to convince the animals that the milk and apples are essential to the overall stableness of the farm. However, in reality, it is obvious that the pigs only want the milk and apples to themselves for their own benefit. Squealer corners the other animals into a situation where they cannot challenge the idea by proclaiming that farmer Jones would come back to the farm. This frightens the other animals and makes them vulnerab... ... middle of paper ... ...nd excellent speaker and motivator to trick the other animals into getting what he wants. Since Napoleon lacks the strong, conjuring voice that Squealer displays, Squealer eventually ends up giving all of the speeches at the Animal Farm meetings.
We pigs are brainworkers (42). Here, Squealer tries to convince the animals that it’s for health reasons that they take the apples and milk, but he tries to persuade them in other ways as well. Squealer continues, “ ‘The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us…. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples’”(42). Finally, he convinces them with fear.
He uses his persuasive speaking skills to talk the other animals into understanding why the pigs were doing this. Squealer explains to the other animals that the pigs are taking the milk and apples merely for their own health and nothing else. He uses this excuse of the pigs taking the apples and milk for their health to persuade the animals into thinking that they should give them the windfall apples and milk without questions. Squealer then says to the animals “Comrades! You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in selfishness and privilege?” (Orwell 42).
Squealer uses rhetorical devices in order to effectively persuade the other animals on the farm. To ensure that the other animals are not under the impression that the pigs are abusing their power, Squealer persuades them that the milk and apples they are taking are necessary for them to run the farm: “We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depends on us. It is for your sake that we drink milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we failed in our duty?
This famous piece of literature, Animal Farm, was written by George Orwell himself around 1917 to 1945 after WWII because peasant farmers wanted to have a better life in general. In the book, Napoleon shortly becomes the leader after the rebellion. Just as Stalin had done, Napoleon used military force onto the animals and intimidates them. Snowball represents Trotsky because he is a forward-thinking politician that wants to improve and help out with the windmill, but is chased out by vicious dogs Napoleon sends before he can do so. Like Stalin, the pigs build up and gain their power by manipulating the animals with propaganda techniques.
He says that the pigs are just trying to help the animals, not to harm them. He says that, “Milk and apples contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers” (Orwell 35&36). He tries to convince them by telling them that although pigs hate drinking milk and eating apples, it’s to help the farm animals, not for the pigs themselves. He uses a logical technique by saying that even the science has proved it.
The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." This is Squealer explaining to the other animals what has to be done, this is a prime example of manipulation of Squealer as well as the other animals. This relates to the low levels of education and language of the other animals because he is arguing the fact that the pigs need to eat foods and drink liquids that they do not like, but what they are really doing is lying to the rest of the animals in order to keep these valuable assets for themselves.
By the time they ordered for all apples to be brought to them, the other animals started to notice. When asked, Squealer would convince the animals that they were eating the apples and drinking the milk for them. To make sure no one would continue to bring it up, he also threatened that the animals “would see Jones come back” (52) if the pigs did not eat the apples and drink the milk. Later on, Napoleon decided that there would be a need for trade with humans, to obtain “certain materials which were urgently necessary” (76). The animals once again became uneasy at the idea, because the system they had set up had never required trade with humans, and one of the main principles of Animalism was to never “touch money, or engage in trade” (31).