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desireeanderson | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM via web

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How is Squealer more valuable than the dogs for Napoleon in maintaining power?

My thesis statement in my essay is: Squealer is more valuable for Napolean to maintain power than the dogs. I feel like I should rephrase my thesis because it doesn't sound right. And I also need some reasons and details. Thanks :))

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM (Answer #1)

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You might consider rephrasing your thesis to read: "Squealer provides more value to Napoleon in keeping power than the dogs because he calms the animals' fears, manipulates the animals' thoughts, and keeps the animals at peace."

This thesis statement should set you up for three body paragraphs in which you focus on each of the topics listed in the end of the statement.

In terms of fears, in chapter 5, after the announcement was made to work with the outside world, the animals were up in arms. But, 

afterwards Squealer made a round of the farm and set the animals' minds at rest.

He spent a significant amount of time explaining all the benefits of working with the outside world to the rest of the animals. They agreed with him. 

In regard to manipulating the animals' thoughts, Squealer masterfully convinced them that they ought to make sure the pigs received their milk and apples in this scenario during the end of chapter 3:

 It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those  apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades," cried 
Squealer almost pleadingly, skipping from side to side and whisking his tail, "surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?"

He uses the strategies of persuasive language, repetition, and rhetorical question to convince them that they have a valid reason to give up their share of milk and apples. 

In terms of peace-keeping, there was an under-current of questioning about Snowball's absence. Squealer snuck in some private discussions with the animals to keep them content with the idea about building the windmill in Snowball's absence, especially if Snowball was a rebel, and this was his idea. 

That evening Squealer explained privately to the other animals that Napoleon had never in reality been opposed to the windmill. On the contrary, it was he who had advocated it in the beginning, and the plan which Snowball had drawn on the floor of the incubator shed had actually been stolen from among Napoleon's papers.

It might also be helpful to write about how ineffective the dogs were as you are trying to encourage that Squealer was so effective. 

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