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The Control Of Education In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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George Orwell is one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century and was heavily influenced by his own experience in the Spanish army fighting hars political regimes. The political systems that he grew under and the control of colonizing countries jaded him and as such, he became harshly critical of political regimes. Animal Farm became one of Orwell’s most famous works as it serves as an allegory of the problematic nature of the totalitarian government in Russia. In Animal Farm, Orwell demonstrates how the control of education and the use of fear and violence enables the pigs to easily take advantage of the other animals and exercise their dominance of the farm for their own benefit. Firstly, the pigs hoard the information and…show more content…
This is due to the pigs becoming greedy all because the leader is ordering them to do so and the leader, is also a pig. So while young piglets are actually learning how to read and how to learn certain languages, the older pigs are teaching them what not to do in both those categories. This is the complete opposite language and reading as well as educating. However, the pigs wouldn’t even bother to sometimes try to teach the other animals their morals and education because the pigs were greedy as to what they had and didn’t want other animals to have the same education and learning capabilities. "Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. 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. As for the other animals, because of their low levels of education, they can’t even realize that they are being lied to and manipulated by the pig's for the benefit of the pigs. Squealer
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