Propaganda Usage In The Russian Revolution And Animal Farm

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Propaganda Usage in the Russian Revolution and Animal Farm Animal Farm by George Orwell was written towards the end of World War 2 and during the time of the Russian Revolution. Orwell made the animal's characteristics in Animal Farm so that they would represent some part of the Russian Revolution; Squealer, for example, represents the propaganda throughout the time period. Propaganda played a huge role in the Russian Revolution and in Animal Farm. Joseph Stalin (who is portrayed by Napoleon in the novel) used propaganda to mislead the people of his country. In the story of Animal Farm there are many instances where propaganda is being used. Squealer is the main instigator of propaganda under the orders of Napoleon. Some of the…show more content…
55% of urban population at the time was unable to read or write. In Animal Farm there are only a few animals who can read, and most of them are the pigs. In the beginning of the story there are seven commandments, but as the pigs started breaking the rules, Squealer would change the rules to where the pigs wouldn’t be breaking them. For example, after the pigs started sleeping in the farmhouse on beds, Clover remembered a commandment ruling against beds. She went to see what the was said, however, she couldn’t read, so she enlisted Muriel the goat’s help. Muriel reads the commandment as 'No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.' Squealer passes by them and says, “‘...You did not suppose, surely, that there was ever a ruling against beds? A bed merely means a place to sleep in. A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded. The rule was against sheets, which are human invention.’” (67) Squealer manipulated Muriel and Clover to think that the rule was always against the sheets. The fact that most of the animals were illiterate was part of the reason they didn’t catch these changes in the

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