Animal Farm Book
His use of language is designed to enhance the control that the pigs have over the rest of the farm. When squealer uses language as his weapon he constantly puts particular spins on events and conditions and he uses slogans and such to help control the other animals. He pleads with the animals for example, to think of how Napoleon is just watching out for them. Napoleon would hate it he says, if they fell for Snowballs tricks. Here squealer is trying to get the animals to identify with Napoleon and feel grateful for him.
He also uses slogans like “Tactics comrades tactics” to drum ideas into their heads rather than having them think about anything. So by spinning the things that happen, and giving the animals slogans instead of explanations, Squealer helps to keep them under control. One of the ways the pigs rewrite history is to ensure that they are always in control; of course this job falls largely to the hands of Squealer. The pigs rewrite history by being able to stretch the truth so that the animals, unassuming of the ulterior motives, end up believing what Napoleon, Squealer and the other pigs say is right.
An example of this would be when the pigs move into the house and while it might on face value violate a tenet of animalism, Squealer agues that it is needed for the Pigs to have space in order to work and plan for the farm benefit. This an example of the rewriting history, in order for the pigs to benefit while the other animals fail to even recognize or act on what is being done. Another way the pigs rewrite history in particularly Squealer is in Chapter 7 when constructing Snowball as a secret agent of Jones and thereby opening the door to anyone who agreed with as an enemy of the farm.
Snowball was instrumental to the farm’s success, but once deemed an adversary by Napoleon, Squealer embraces the task of rewriting the narrative as Snowball being an enemy of the farm and ensuring that anyone who supported him is treated to the ultimate penalty in death. It is in this scene where the Orwell shows how much authority benefits when it is able to rewrite and construct history in a manner that legitimizes its own authority. Discuss Boxer. What role does he play on the farm?
Why does Napoleon seem to feel threatened by him? In what ways might one view the betrayal of Boxer as an alternative climax of novel? (if we consider Napoleon’s banishment of Snowball and the pigs’ initial consolidation of power as the true climax)? Boxer is represents in the novel as a dedicated, but tricked animalist (communist) supporter , He sees how life for the animals improves initially and is prepared to work as hard as he can to bring the ideals of the revolution to reality.
Every animal on the farm looks up to him as sort of a figure head, he is the one thing that they can always rely on. His intelligence is limited and he is too trusting and naive, stupid even, to see the reality of corruption infecting the pigs’ regime. On the other hand, his naivety also leads him openly expressing his puzzlement over certain things and this is potentially dangerous for the pigs as it might lead to other more intelligent animals beginning to question what is happening.
This, together with Boxer’s enormous strength, is what makes him a threat to the pigs; they desperately need him for his enormous capacity for work and example but, if that strength were to be turned against them because he unwittingly alerted the rest of the animals to their corruption, then their regime would be finished. This fact is why Boxer is viewed as a treat, despite being an ally napoleon ultimately took the first chance he had to get rid of boxer, and why his eventual fate comes about.
Napoleon took full advantage of the disposal of Boxer and knew once he was gone the threat of Napoleon being over thrown was banished, Because even if the animals tried to revolt or protest, he would be able to take control with his almighty army of beast like dogs. While the betrayal of Boxer is not, the true climax, one could indeed construe this event in such a way that it legitimizes as an alternative climax. After all, the betrayal of Boxer is nearly equal in the importance to the banishment of Snowball, politically speaking.
Of all of the Characters in Animal Farm, are there any who seem to represent the point of view of the author? Which animals or people do you think come(s) closet to achieving Orwell’s perspective on Animal Farm? George Orwell brings to life many characters in the novel Animal Farm; He introduces very interesting Characters like Boxer and Benjamin who portray some views of Orwell however, none of them fully represent Orwell’s full point of view. During the book Benjamin does not have any great hopes for the revolution or, really for anything else.
He believes that no matter what, things will petty much stay the same for the animals. He knows if they are not being exploited by Farmer Jones anymore, they will be exploited by Napoleon and the pigs. Orwell clearly is saying in the books that the animals are no better off after the revolution. Of all the animals Benjamin is the one that makes this point more than any of the others. Another animal that Orwell could have identified with is Boxer. Boxer the strongest animal on the farm and the most loyal, Boxer seems to me to embody Orwell’s greatest fear.
Boxer’s constant devotion to the state and its leaders, his tireless efforts to the protect the farm and “work harder” as well as his faith in Napoleon (Government) is what ultimately kills him in the end, as the state to which he holds the greatest devotion to denies him any justice as it betrays him. It seems to me that Orwell writes with him in mind, and the millions of other “Boxers” who are at the whim of their own governments. I think that each of the animals’ in the book represent some level of Orwell’s perceptions but Boxer and Benjamin are the ones who come closet to reaching his full perception of life after the Second World War.