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Fear in Animal Farm

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Loic Darboux

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Transcript of Fear in Animal Farm

Fear is a very powerful emotion...
Fear in Animal Farm
By: Hunter & Loïc
Throughout the novella the pigs use the power of fear to suit their needs. By exploiting fear, the pigs manage to motivate other the animals, to force them to sacrifice and to ultimately manipulate them.

From the very beginning,the pigs use fear as a means of motivating their comrades and promoting their ideals.
Old Major's speech motivated the animals to take action against Jones.
Although for a good cause, he used
to incite the rebellion.
“Every one of you will scream your lives out at the block within a year. To that horror we must all come - cows, pigs, hens, sheep, everyone”
(Pg. 9)
Old Major assures the animals that overthrowing Jones will put an end to senseless killing and starvation.
He successfully rallies all the animals against a common enemy - man - who also happens to be their source of fear.
As the novel continues, the pigs become capable of using fear to manipulate the other farm animals, both Mentally and Physically.
Napoleon has a different approach to ''motivating'' his comrades.
“...but suddenly the dogs let out deep menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent and sat down again.”
The pigs use their own brother to
the other animals.
The animals get mentally manipulated by being told a once good friend is now a foe.
“I warn every animal on this farm to keep his eyes very wide open. For we have reason to think that some of Snowball’s secret agents are lurking among us at this moment!”.
(Pg 91)

Similarly: he scares the animals into cooperation
Contrarily: his motives are
and his methods are

Using fear to manipulate
(even to the other pigs)
Napoleon doesn't sympathize with the animals to earn their respect; they simply accept to follow him because they are
of the dogs and the public executions.
Both pigs use fear to
their comrades to accomplish things.


The pigs continue to manipulate the animals but it begins to be more physical based then mental.
This is observed when the pigs tell the animals they can "
work on Sundays, but if they don't, they lose half their rations.
“...in August Napoleon announced that there would be work on Sunday as well. This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.”
Pg 59

Because they are so fixated on
, the animals become more lenient towards disruptions around the farm. This allows the pigs to do and take what they want from the animals without them realizing.
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At the end of the Novella, it’s pretty clear that fear is the only thing keeping the farm together. The pigs scare the animals into cooperation, into giving up their smallest luxuries and eventually manage to exploit their fear to get they want.

The word 'volunteer' mentally manipulated the animals into thinking the work is a suggestion instead of a demand.
Fear of death caused the animals to work more like slaves than comrades.
This ultimately led the animals into doing extra physical labour for free, without talking back once.
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