Extended Squealer Character Analysis
In George Orwell's Animal Farm Squealer is a "porker," or one of the fatter pigs, living on the farm. He has twinkling eyes, is great at public speaking, and is popular with the other animals. Squealer is said to be very persuasive; he is able to “turn black into white” with his debate skills. In the story's allegory of the Russian Revolution, Squealer represents Vyacheslav Molotov, who was Joseph Stalin's loyal supporter and a chief figure in the Communist government.
Squealer helps to elaborate on Old Major’s teachings along with Snowball and Napoleon and enthusiastically reinforces the belief that pigs are brainworkers; the others, laborers. He is only too happy to serve as the pigs’ propagandist. He uses his speeches to convince the other animals to follow the pigs and later to follow just Napoleon. Squealer thus also represents Soviet propaganda itself, in particular the newspaper Pravda, which at the time of the Russian Revolution was used to spread Soviet doctrine.
Squealer convinces the animals that the pigs are the ones who need the milk and the apples the most. He uses an effective scare tactic, claiming that if the pigs were unable to eat the milk and apples, they would become ill, and if that were to happen, Mr. Jones would return. The return of Mr. Jones is much worse to the animals than the pigs having full access to the milk and apples, so the animals agree. This is representative of the pigs' slowly taking from the animals what is supposed to be owned by all. Squealer employs this rhetoric several times throughout the novel, repeatedly threatening Mr. Jones's return if the animals do not comply.
When Snowball is run off the farm, Squealer is tasked with explaining Napoleon’s new role as leader to all the animals. He instigates a greater dislike of Snowball by spreading hateful rumors about him. He becomes the spokesperson for Napoleon, who has slowly withdrawn from speaking...
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