Animal Farm Rhetorical Analysis

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“Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men”. Plato’s words describe the society, how persuasive speaking and writing can control humans and animals. Most of the leaders around the world use convincing and effective words, slogans, and propaganda to influence the citizens to follow their lead. In the novel Animal Farm, George Orwell shows how some animals use rhetoric to achieve the power over other animals in the farm. The pigs use rhetoric as a toll to gain power by physically, mentally, and emotionally controlling the animals. Napoleon uses the art of speaking and writing to change the Seven Commandments in order for the animals in the farm to follow. He rewrites the last commandment to “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal that other” (Orwell, pg.134). He is trying to convey the message to the animals that equality doesn’t exist in real life. Moreover, Napoleon starts walking with two legs which is against the first commandment. In the meantime, he reeducates the sheep by teaching “Four legs good, two legs better!” (Orwell, pg.134). These are the reasons of how Napoleon uses…show more content…
In the beginning of the book, Old Major has a dream about the Rebellion and the song Beasts of England which one of the song says “All must toil for freedom’s sake”. This song encourages the animals to work hard and believe in freedom. In addition, Moses uses the art of speaking to tell animals about “The Sugarcandy Mountain” (Orwell, pg.18). Moses describes the place as a beautiful and perfect place for the animals to die for, “Sunday seven days a week, Clover is in season all year round, and lump sugar and linseed cake grew on the hedges” (Orwell, pg.18). Old Major and Moses try to persuade the animals in the farm to believe in the future profit. Therefore, rhetoric is not only to persuade people to do something, but it also convinces people to believe and gives hope to

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