What is a notable quote from the character Squealer in Animal Farm?

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A quote from Squealer in chapter 3 shows his powers of persuasion. He justifies the pigs getting better food, claiming, "It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." In chapter 9, the narrator describes another speech when Squealer "proved to them in detail" the various ways the animals were better off than they had been under Farmer Jones.

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Squealer is a pig who becomes Napoleon's chief propagandist. Manipulating words to achieve a desired effect is his specialty. Much of his writing consists of rewriting previous slogans and rules that had guided the farm animals during the early revolutionary period. Gradually, he switches into bolstering Napoleon's power, which he does largely by discrediting Snowball. He is also skilled at starting and circulating rumors so that the ideas he promotes seem to be expressing popular sentiment.

Squealer's skills become evident in chapter 3 when he delivers a speech justifying the pigs' appropriation of the milk and the windfall apples. Squealer tries to convince the other animals that the pigs are actually making a sacrifice by consuming these things. He relies on the idea that the pigs are using greater brain power, which these foods support, and working on behalf of the others rather than themselves.

"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself …. We pigs are brainworkers …. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples."

Squealer frequently functions like a press secretary, addressing the animals on behalf of Napoleon. In chapter 9, as food grows scarce in the winter, his persuasive powers are evident in one such address. Squealer explains the principles behind the change in rations, which now favor the pigs. He shows his skill in manipulating facts and figures, in part through repeating dubious claims until the animals believe them.

A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism …. For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations (Squealer always spoke of it as a "readjustment," never as a "reduction") …. Reading out the figures in a shrill, rapid voice, he proved to them in detail that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips than they had had in Jones's day ….

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Which quotes best describe Squealer's traits and importance in George Orwell's Animal Farm?

Squealer is described as a clever speaker. At the beginning of the book, he is painted in the following way: 

"He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive. The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white" (page 6).

Squealer is so good at convincing others of his point of view that he can literally make black into white and make things that aren't true appear to be true. His importance is that he keeps the animals in line and maintains the pigs' top position in the hierarchy through his speeches. 

Squealer later uses his considerable powers of persuasion to tell the other animals that the pigs are justified in drinking all the farm's milk and eating the windfall apples. He says:

"Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us" (page 14).

Squealer convinces the other animals to allow the pigs to eat all the best food because it's in the other animals' interest to do so. He makes the pigs' selfishness seem like altruism, and he backs up his arguments with pseudoscience. Whenever the other animals are even thinking about disagreeing with him, he cleverly asks them, "Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?" (page 22). He equates disagreeing with him to bringing back the old regime with Jones, and he frightens the others into agreeing with him. 

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