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Animal Farm: Power of Fear
Transcript of Animal Farm: Power of Fear
were engaged in his thoughts. They believed
everything he was saying. He was saying that the
humans were the reason for why the animals' lives were miserable. They were treated like slaves
and were given just enough food for them to
survive and be able to work. The animals
agreed with old Major and hated Jones, who
they saw as a human. Analysis Quote 2 "...surely there is no one among you who
wants to see Jones come back?"(52) "Man is the only
real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of overwork is abolished forever."(29) Quote 1 Squealer used Jones as a way to scare the animals. Jones was a human and if he came back all the animals would be tortured again. The pigs, in general, "did" all the hard work on the farm like protecting Animal Farm and the animals. They used Jones to get more food. They said that they needed food so that they could fulfill their duties. If they didn't fulfill their duties then Jones would come back. The animals didn't want that to happen, so they were forced to give up some of their food to the pigs. Quote 3 "Snowball was secretly frequenting the farm by night!"(87) !!! NO WAY !!! Snowball was supposedly walking around the farm at night and causing trouble. From now on, anything that went wrong on Animal Farm was blamed on Snowball.
The animals found it hard to sleep with the thought of Snowball causing problems on the farm. Also, Squealer told the other animals that they found out from secret documents that Snowball was always on Jones's side from the beginning. Analysis Quote 4 "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."(91) Analysis The pigs were warning the animals that if they were caught as one of Snowball's secret agents, then they would be punished. This also prevented the animals from sleeping. They were becoming scared of Snowball and did not like him anymore. Snowball was to be feared and not trusted. Quote 5 "When they had finished their confession, the dogs promptly tore their throats out,..."(93) Analysis By using his dogs, Napoleon wanted to reinforce that he was serious that whoever was working on Snowball's side was going to be killed. The animals were terrified and feared their deaths. They hated the dogs which were big and vicious creatures. The dogs scared the animals. They did not want to be affiliated with Snowball at all. Analysis Quote 6 "But suddenly the dogs sitting round Napoleon
let out deep, menacing growls, and the pigs fell
silent and sat down again."(69) The dogs were used to stop any rebellion or argument that might come up. The dogs' growling kept the other animals quiet from going against what the pigs said. The animals were too scared to go against the dogs. Therefore, the dogs were used to control the animals. The dogs showed that there was fear when they killed anyone who was associated with Snowball and when anyone spoke out against Napoleon. Quote 7 "Throughout the spring and summer they worked a sixty-hour week, and in August Napoleon announced that there would be work on Sunday afternoons as well. This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half."(73) Analysis The animals have been working hard and are just told that they can voluntarily work on Sundays, but if they don't their rations will be reduced by half. The pigs are tricking the animals by saying "voluntary" so that they think they have freedom. The animals don't complain and start working on Sundays because they do not want their rations reduced. They are being forced into doing something they wouldn't want to do because they are afraid to speak up. Quote 8 "Some of the animals had noticed that the van which took Boxer away was marked "Horse Slaughterer," and had actually jumped to conclusion that Boxer was being sent to the knacker's...But the explanation was really very simple. The van had previously been the property of the knacker, and had been bought by the veterinary surgeon, who had not yet painted the old name out...The animals were enormously relieved to hear this." Analysis Squealer had just heard a rumor that the animals thought Boxer was being taken to the knacker's. He told them that they were wrong and that they should know better than to think that. He told them it was a misunderstanding and that they should have more trust in their leader Napoleon. The animals believed him because they were not educated enough to prove their point and they were being controlled by the power of fear. Quote 9 "In April, Animal Farm was proclaimed a Republic, and it became necessary to elect a president. There was only one candidate, Napoleon, who was elected unanimously."(118) Analysis The animals are being tricked into thinking they have the power to vote. Although, Napoleon is the only candidate running for president. The animals are forced into voting for Comrade Napoleon. They can not go against him because he is too powerful and strong and they fear him and his dogs. Quote 10 "But the luxuries of which Snowball had once taught the animals to dream, the stalls with electric light and hot and cold water, and the three-day week, were no longer talked about. Napoleon had denounced such ideas as contrary to the spirit of Animalism. The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.(128) Analysis Because the animals are against Snowball, he is using Snowball as a way for them to forget about those luxuries and focus on just working hard. The animals listen to him because they do not want to have anything to do with Snowball. Napoleon completely denies all the good values of Animalism and forces the animals into doing what he wants. The End Just for Fun Katya Carapetian
February 26, 2013
Theme: Power of Fear
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Signet Classic, 1977 Title Page