In the short novel “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell, conformity, deceit, and force are shown throughout the

entire book. Animal farm is a farm that was once ruled by humans until the animals decide that they have endured enough of the harsh living circumstances they are being put through. When they first take over the farm, the animals are perfectly happy to be governing themselves for once. They install a set of commandments that state that all animals are equal, and anything on 4 legs if a comrade of theirs. Little do they know when making this society of “equals” that it will be taken over by the cunning, devious, and perceptively smarter pigs of the farm. They achieve this anarchy by relying on the animals to conform together, by deceiving them with lies, and using the threat of force to scare the animals into holding their tongue against them. The animals conform by agreeing with whatever is said by the other farm animals. This is shown when Boxer, the hardworking horse who has grown old and is in hopes to retire, is supposedly being sent to the animal hospital by the pigs. When the car shows up at the farm to load him in, Benjamin, the old goat who knows how to read, points out that the side of the van reads. “‘Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willingdon. Dealer in Hides and Bone-Meal. Kennels Supplied.’” He says, “Do you not understand what that means? They are taking Boxer to the knacker’s!” (Orwell 108). When the pigs hear this, they say that the van was previously property of the knacker, bought by the veterinary surgeon, but had not yet been painted over by the new owners. When one of the animals believed this, the rest of them went along with the story as well. They conformed together. Also when the commandments are being changed by the pigs to make life easier for themselves, when one animal says they remember it being like that the whole time, they all say that, all because one of the animals believed what the pigs told them. Deceit plays the main role of tricking the animals into believing the pigs. They lie about everything to make themselves look better, and the animals believe them. Deceit presents itself when Napoleon, the leader of the pigs blames all of the failures of the farm on Snowball, the pig that was run off the farm because Napoleon didn’t agree with him. Eventually all of the animals say the failure of the building of the windmill was even because of Snowball even though he was already run off the farm. Deceit is also shown when Napoleon lies to the farm animals saying that the windmill plans were made by himself when in actuality they were made by Snowball before he left. Everything the animals believe is from what the pigs lie to them about.

They were all slain on the spot. and overall deceitful to the other animals. more and more animals were killed for false crimes. Napoleon comes out of the house carrying a whip. This shows force because now animals aren’t going to want to step out of line at all for fear of being prosecuted. They are manipulative. the pigs are the leaders in an almost entirely dictatorship society by using conformity. Also. In the end. They use this to force the animals to be loyal to them and to them alone. “…and two other sheep confessed to having murdered an old ram. This is a symbol for force because it shows what will happen to the animals if they do anything wrong. This is shown when Napoleon brings out his own pack of menacing dogs to scare the other animals. Whenever one of the animals is about to disagree with him. The last example of force presents itself in the end of this story. an especially devoted follower of Napoleon. and includes so many different forms of absolute power on the pigs’ part.” (Orwell 76). deceit.The final way the pigs control the animals is by using force. and force. which makes them bite their tongue. . it is extremely thought provoking. Although “Animal Farm” is only 10 chapters in length. the pigs start to slaughter other animals that confess to crimes that they themselves did not commit. After this. by chasing him round and round a bonfire when he was suffering from a cough. controlling. he has the dogs growl at them.

2009 .Curtis Junior High School “Animal Farm” Theme Essay Lies and Manipulation Kelsey Bonnicksen Mrs. Takayoshi. Period 6 December 9.

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