Squealer's Quotes from Animal Farm

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  • 0:03 The Salesman
  • 0:33 It's for Your Own Good
  • 1:30 Mix In a Little Fear
  • 2:14 Keep Them Confused
  • 2:51 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In the novel 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, Squealer is the ideal sidekick for Napoleon in his rising dictatorship. Squealer could sell anything! In this lesson, we'll review some of his quotes.

The Salesman

Squealer from George Orwell's Animal Farm is the salesman who makes Napoleon's rise to power possible. Napoleon tends to do whatever he wants without feeling a need to explain himself. Squealer understands the need to follow up potentially unpopular decrees with placating explanations of why it is in the animals' best interest. In this lesson, we'll review some of the quotes from Squealer to see how he was able to convince the farm animals to let Napoleon be in control.

It's for Your Own Good

One of the tactics Squealer uses is convincing the animals that they are just not smart enough to know what is in their best interest and that they should feel grateful to have Napoleon, who is willing to protect them from themselves. He tells them:

''I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?''

Gratitude is also a big motivator for the animals, and one Squealer takes advantage of, as is pointed out here:

''Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.''

Mix in a Little Fear

Once the pigs begin to overstep the boundaries that would be covered under 'we're doing this for you,' Squealer combines the best interest argument with a little fear of what might happen to the animals if they didn't have Napoleon to take care of them. He says:

''Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades.''

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