The animals in Animal Farm are easily manipulated throughout the book by the smooth-speaking pigs. The pigs have an amazing ability to use language in a multitude of ways to convince the trusting, gullible, naïve animals on the farm to do and think what they wish them to. Although most of the pigs clearly lacked morals, it cannot be denied that they were intelligent. Their very persuasive cunning language was so effective that they rarely had to resort to violence to motivate their subjects. Any strong leader with an army can control its subjects by physical force, but to control by words alone is a great accomplishment. In this essay, I will examine how the pigs used clever contorted language to convince the animals to overthrow Farmer Jones, tirelessly and selflessly sacrifice themselves for the community, and persuade the animals to accept why “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” At the end we will see how the pigs were able to gain complete control of the farm through the use of manipulated language.
The old boar Major should be credited for starting the revolution that led to the overthrow of Farmer Jones. It should be made clear that Major was, in my opinion, an honest pig, in spite of his desire to blame the humans for all of the animals’ woes. For example, he says: “Is it not crystal clear, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?” Nonetheless, it was his great oratorical skills, with all the dramatic exaggerations, was able to incite a revolution. Although some of what he said was grossly exaggerated, he seemed to sincerely believe his opinions. Another example of his oratory skills is when he says: “This single farm of ours would support a dozen horses, twenty cows, hundreds of sheep — and all of them living in a comfort and a dignity that are now almost beyond our imagining. Why then do we continue in this miserable condition?” With great powers of persuasion, Major forcefully relates all the injustices committed by Man upon animals and in turn, the animals rise and revolt. The animals, however failed to heed to one of Major’s most important thoughts when he said: “And remember also that in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him…”
Another important point made by Major was that if the farm were controlled by humans, the hardworking Boxer would be sold to a glue factory in his last days and turned into glue. Sadly though, we see the same fate come of him when the pigs, transformed into humans, take over the farm. Boxer can be seen as the quintessential example of an ignorant, trusting, gullible animal manipulated by the pigs, especially Napoleon. Boxer was admired by all the other animals for his strong work ethic as demonstrated by his selfless sacrifice to the Farm through years and years of backbreaking hard work. In spite of all his pains and sacrifices, smaller and smaller food rations, he still believed in the pigs. He trusted them. He never thought of himself. He followed every order, never questioned anything, and until the very end he repeatedly said “I will work harder.” Boxer was manipulated again and again by Napoleon and his expert spokesman Squealer. Being so trusting and uneducated, Boxer even willingly went into the glue factory truck which Napoleon had said was a veterinarian truck. All of the years of sacrifice meant nothing to the pigs, as Boxer was ruthlessly exploited and sold to the factory for a case of whiskey.
The pigs had set up a list of rules which was supposed to be followed by all the animals, even the pigs. The rules were:
THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal. (2.22)
But gradually, little by little the pigs changed the rules to their benefit and always had sly, twisted, sneaky reasoning to justify the changes and the benefits they received. The other animals, in turn naively accepted the specious reasoning without a second thought. Here is what the list of rules looked
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend
3. No animal shall ever wear clothes
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed –
5. No animal shall drink alcohol –
6. No animal shall kill any other animal –
7. All animals are equal –
but some are more equal than others. (9.4)
As we have seen throughout his essay, the pigs were extremely adept at controlling the other animals on the farm through the use of smooth, deceptive, persuasive speaking skills. We must not forget that the first founding pig of Animal Farm, Major, was an honest pig who did not intend to deceive but was also a master speaker and manipulator of language when he incited the animals to revolt. The young pigs, led by Napoleon and Squeaker had every desire to lie, cheat, and take advantage of the other animals.. As mentioned above the pigs took ruthless advantage of all the animals and exploited them to their deaths as they did with Boxer. We also saw that they repeatedly changed the rules to their advantage and constantly bettered their lives while worsening the lives of the other animals. With the use of twisted logic, smooth speaking, and word manipulation, they were able to control the animals and become crueler rulers than Farmer Jones had ever been.
Love in Chess
Waverly, an unhealthy girl living in a Chinese family, likes to play a board game called chess. She shows her talents and how intelligent she is while playing chess. Her enthusiastic heart and curiosity always helps to advance her chess play. Waverly perfectly demonstrates how to take the first step towards succession in chess.
As a very talented chess player, Waverly shows her intelligence while playing the game. Her accomplishment could not be successful without her brain. “I won all games, in all divisions” (Tan, 3). This quote represents how intelligent Waverly is because it talks about how she won all the games and lots of trophies. The quote is written to make readers feel like Waverly is very talented and will make the readers think why she is so smart. “The Chinese bakery downstairs from our flat displayed my growing collection of trophies in its window. (3). This quote is written to show how important Waverly is to the community because even the bakery was displaying the trophies that Waverly won. The word “growing” in this case means increase of quantity. This word is used to make the reader think of how intelligent and talented Waverly actually is and how enthusiastic she is towards chess.
Waverly, a very successful chess player, couldn’t have gotten so far without being enthusiastic towards the game. She would spend days in the library reading about chess and study every chess piece. “Why?” I asked as I moved my pawn. “Why can’t they move more steps?” (3). This quote shows how curious she is towards chess. The word move in this case means to take a piece on the chess board and change its position. The writer used this word will make the reader wonder how curious she is and will make the reader feel that Waverly has some understanding of chess.
When one has intelligence towards something, it needs more to achieve true success. Waverly is an excellent example. Not just she is smart and clever when playing chess, but also enthusiastic and upgoing when she is learning chess. This is one of the main factors determining one’s success. “I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained.” (3). This quote shows how enthusiastic she is when learning chess and how exited she is to improve her chess skills. The word absorb in this case means to take in the knowledge and tactics of each piece. The writer did this to make the reader think about how enthusiastic she is and will make the reader feel like Waverly will be a very achievable chess player.
Waverly, a very talented chess player, is very intelligent. Her curiosity and enthusiasm help to improve her chess game. The story of Waverly perfectly demonstrates what is needed to success and what is needed to achieve something. The character Waverly achieved much because she is talented and is enthusiastic towards chess. In a Chinese family where getting influenced by different thinking, Waverly still managed to keep liking chess, which shows how strong her mind is and how actually she likes chess.
I was nervous,
thinking about her.
Agony and strain,
Comes up and mess my thoughts.
But Sheila Mant,
Does not like fishing.
I am panicking,
Not knowing which to pick.
Fishing for me is important,
Sheila Mant is too.
Not knowing which one to choose,
I think and think for days.
I finally had an idea,
As the river guide me.
Fishing is already part of my life,
Cannot be torn away from me.
From: The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant by W. D. Wetherell
My first week back from summer holidays in school was quite memorable. I have met my friends in 7th grade. I cannot believe how some of my friends changed during the summer holidays. Some of my friends got new haircuts, some has tanner skins, some even changed completely from inside to outside. Also, there was new students that came to ISB, although I haven’t met all of them.
The first subject I had in my first week was Algebra. Mrs. Cheng as usual talks about rules in her math class, she also showed us new websites instead of just Khan Academy. We also took a pre-test so that she can fit us in groups where we learn the most. This process was pretty similar to other classes, except there was some classes such as Science where we got a new book about DNA and genes, or Humanities where we set up our blogs for writing purposes. I think this week was mostly getting to know each other. This was a fairly easy and enjoyable week.
- What are you looking forwards to learning in Grade 8 Humanities?
I am looking forwards to study history of China and how China ended up like today. I am also excited to study about reading the books Mr. Fidler suggested us.
- What challenges will you face?
I think I will struggle on writing essays because I am not a good writer compared to other people. I cannot phrase my sentence well and add extreme adjectives to my essay. I also sometimes make small grammar mistakes.
- What is your plan to meet these challenges?
My plan to meet my goal is to focus more on essay phrasing and correct my grammar mistakes. I will do this by practice more essay writing at home and double check my essay so I can spot my mistakes easier.