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How is this paragraph from Animal Farm ironic? "Napoleon had commended that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration, theobject of which was to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of Animal Farm"

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This passage taken from Chapter 9 of George Orwell's Animal Farm ironically denotes Napoleon's pride that will not admit to the hardships under which the animals now suffer.  Rather than a triumph, the conditions under which the animals now live are despotic as Napoleon has become more and more authoritarian.  Thus, the pride that once acted as the catalyst to the animals' rebellion, now prevents the animals from perceiving their actual oppression.  The pigs, who have multipled because of the only boar, Napoleon, lead the others around the farm in a symbolic indication of the inequality of the animals.

The Spontaeous Demonstration is like the propaganda of totalitarian governments which, though they oppress their citizenry, tell them how lucky they are.  And, like his nomenclature, who began as a leader to give France a republic in which people had a voice but later became despotic, Napoleon, too, has become corrupted by his power.

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