The Role Of Satire In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Everyone is to blame when a leader becomes corrupt, but some are more to blame than others. Likewise, if the people in a dystopian circumstance do not seize the chance to overthrow the leading government, then the aftermath is their fault. The commander is still to condemn, but not as much as the people are. In Animal Farm, a political satire by George Orwell, the farm became corrupt and the animals lived a terrible life. Despite Napoleon being a horrific leader, the outcome lied on the animals of the farm and their inability to take charge. It was the animals’ wrongdoing that the farm developed into a dystopia because they ignored the signs of Napoleon’s malicious behavior, did not bother to start a rebellion, and swallowed propaganda.
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The animals were too easily satisfied that it had been them who failed to remember the right information. As long as Squealer wagged his tail, distorted fact from fiction, and foretold of Jones’s return, the problem was blown over. Even when Squealer spoke illogically the animals still bought it. When Squealer announced that sheets were a human invention and beds were not, he went on saying that the pigs slept in blankets. Clover did not ponder that blankets were also a human invention, just as sheets were. Falsehood shrouded the Battle of the Cowshed, but the animals knew what Squealer told them concerning Snowball’s position in combat. “They all remembered, or thought they remembered, how they had seen Snowball charging ahead of them at the Battle of the Cowshed...even Boxer, who seldom asked questions, was puzzled” (80). When Squealer claimed that Snowball was a traitor at the Battle of the Cowshed, it took a great amount of imagination to change the animals’ view. Instead of taking in Squealer’s rubbish, the animals should have inferred for themselves and what they recalled at the Battle of the Cowshed. Even though the dogs were a pressure for the animals they could not massacre all of them if they remembered information for themselves. Seeing that the animals had faith in everything Squealer blabbed, Napoleon was able to gain authority over