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In Animal Farm, how does Napoleon use propaganda effectively, and how does he change history?

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Napoleon uses propaganda, or twisting the truth to serve political ends, to make himself and the pigs look good—particularly through using Squealer as his propaganda minister.

Closely related to this is the rewriting of history to make Napoleon look like a savior, hero, and master strategist. In the new versions of events after Napoleon runs Snowball off the farm, facts get entirely turned on their heads. Napoleon says, for example, that all along, he was the one who wanted to build the windmill (which was, in reality, Snowball's idea) but only pretended not to want it to thwart Snowball's treachery. He portrays himself as the hero of the Battle of the Cowshed, rather than Snowball. When the windmill falls down, Napoleon blames it on Snowball's sabotage, not, as is the case in both instances, his own gross incompetence. In fact, anytime anything goes wrong, Napoleon rewrites history to blame it on Snowball.

Napoleon also gradually has the Seven Commandments repainted at night so that they...

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How do Napoleon and Squealer use propaganda to gain personal needs.

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In the book Animal Farm, Napoleon is able to use propaganda effectively because he has the brains to do so and has the power to make the other animals to believe it. He has the brains because he knows the right time to talk to the animals and how to make something sound twisted, for example when boxer is takin away because he is no longer in use for work he is sent to the glue factory and the animals see it written on the back of the van but, Napoleon has his right hand pig who is talented in talking tells the animals that a doctor owns the van and was owned by a glue factory before the doctor bought it. Napolen has the power to use propaganda because he has nine vicious dogs to make the animals believe anything that Napoleon or Squealer, his right hand pig says and if they don't they will kill the animals that disagree.

 Napoleon changes history in the novel because he waits long enough after an event had happened so the animals cannot remeber really what happened then he says he did the bravest thing when he didn't do it. Napoleon has the seven conmmandments changed in secert to fit the pig's liking because the pigs and the smartest animalson the farm