How does persuasion connect to "Animal Farm"? I know Squealer, Napoleon, and Snowball try to persuade the animals.. but I need help with specific examples that include quotes, and some...

How does persuasion connect to "Animal Farm"?

I know Squealer, Napoleon, and Snowball try to persuade the animals.. but I need help with specific examples that include quotes, and some literary devices

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renkins44 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main literary device used is allegory and characterization. In other words, Orwell uses, in this case, characters and setting to represent something other than their literal meaning. Think of which animals play which political roles; it's all intentional. Then, think of the characteristcs that most people associate with each animal. Try writing down "pig" and then underneath it, write down everything that comes to mind with the animal. Do the same thing for each animal involved in the story.

As for persuasion, Orwell was something of an authority on how politicians or other people in positions of power use language to manipulate/persuade others. Specifically, he wrote "Politics and the English Language" in 1946. The essay analyzed the English language and revealed a plethora of tricks used by politicans. A lot of what Orwell wrote in the essay is also reflected in the book. See the link below to see what I'm talking about.

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In many ways, "Animal Farm" is all about persuasion, at least at key pivotal moments in the plot. At the very start of the novel, for example, the animals don't spontaneously move in rebellion. They must be persuaded that they are a collective whole. Old Major does this through articulating his philosophy of Animalism. In Chapter 1 he says,  " “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”

Moses counters with another persuasive vision; look at Chapter 2, and how he paints a verbal picture of what awaits the animals. In Chapter 3, you can see several approaches to persuasion: education, simplification of ideals to the level of propaganda (for the sheep), and clever arguments about the threat of Jones' return.