In Chapter 6 of "Animal Farm", how do the pigs manage to prevent any dissent from the animals?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ironically, Orwell writes at the beginning of Chapter 6:

"All that year the animals worked like slaves. But they were happy in their work; they grudged no effort or sacrifice, well aware that everything that they did was for the benefit of themselves and those of their kind who would come after them, and not for a pack of idle, thieving human beings."

The pigs have the animals convinced that they are working for themselves. They use Squealer for constant propaganda about the need for self-sacrifice. Squealer is also great at re-writing history.He even re-writes the original commandments.When the pigs move into the farmhouse to sleep in bed, he re-writes one commandment to say, No animal shall sleep in a bed--with sheets. By adding "with sheets" he makes it possible for the pigs to have their way without questions from the other animals Squealer and Napoleon also make a scapegoat of Snowball and the animals think that all the things that go wrong on the farm are Snowball's fault even though they never see him. And finally, there are always the dogs, who are present in case the pigs need to use force. So by a combination of deceit, force and outright lies, the pigs prevent the animals from openly dissenting.

flavien | Student

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