Animal Farm"Man's inhumanity to man for the sake of political gain." "Governments can bend people to any purpose through the use of propaganda." Does anyone know how these quotes relate to Animal...

Animal Farm

"Man's inhumanity to man for the sake of political gain." "Governments can bend people to any purpose through the use of propaganda." Does anyone know how these quotes relate to Animal farm.. is so please EXPLAIN thanx :)

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The animals that take over the farm, the pigs, are just as abusive and manipulative as the humans. The worst part is that they are doing it to their own people. The pigs are animals, and they are taking advantage of other animals. It makes the betrayal worse.
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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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This is what the novel is about.  Under the pretense of doing the best for the "animals," the pigs set up a power machine whose only purpose is to gather power around them.  The freely exploit the work of all the animals (think of boxer as an example of the hard working "proliteriat") for their own benefit.  To do this, they tell the animals anything the need to get their initial allegiance (the animal commandments), and then change them to fit the developing "situation."  They count on the people's gulibility and lack of education to get them to accept the "changes" as the initial reality.  Squealer is the agent of propaganda who does all this misinformation.  Eventually the people don't remember what is true, and believe almost anything.  (And the dogs don't hurt :))

If you want to see this worked out to its logical (horrible) conclusion, read Orwell's "1984."  I've provided a link to a wikipedia article on propaganda that sounds almost like an instruction manual for "Animal Farm."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda

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pink-blossomz | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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Or in other words TELL HOW THE NOVEL ILLUSTRATED THIS IDEA. PLEASE be specific.. THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

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