The Role Of Fear In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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As the famous story of Animal Farm ends, a unsettling sight was described. “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike...the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, pig to man, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which is which” (Littell 97). Throughout Animal Farm, all four freedoms were shown through Napoleon and his followers, but freedom from fear was shown the most in this book out of any of the four freedoms by the end of the book. As one of the most famous and unforgettable speeches of all time, Franklin D. Roosevelt discussed all freedoms, but speaks the most about the freedom from fear. During his speech, he says, “The fourth freedom is freedom from …show more content…
Through gruesome tactics by their leader, Napoleon such as, public executions, starving the animals, and even using whips which were also used by Jones, the freedom from fear was back yet again. It becomes obvious when the book says, “When it was all over, the remaining animals, except for the pigs and dogs, crept away from the bodies. They were shaken and miserable...In the old days, there had been scenes of bloodshed equally horrible, but it seemed to all of them that it was for worse now that is was happening among themselve”(Littell 59). This showed that fear to become a normality that was not even there before the rebellion. Now, some may say that freedom of speech was shown more at this point in the book than the freedom from fear, however, if freedom from fear wasn't shown then the animals would have spoken up and used their freedom of speech. There cannot be freedom of speech without freedom from fear. Also, there cannot be fear without freedom of speech being taken away. In conclusion, out of all four freedoms, freedom from fear was shown the most by the end of the book Animal Farm. By reading FDR’s speech, it is clearly shown that the freedom from fear was the most emphasized in the community. Without freedom from fear the other four freedoms would be difficult to argue. Though using methods that physically hurt and damaged the animals, the freedom from fear