Rhetoric and the Manipulation of Language in George Orwell’s Animal Farm

Hossein Alikhan Pour shah abadi


This article examines the rhetorical skills and the manipulation of language in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The role of language is a considerable political strategy in Animal Farm. Orwell is recognized by both the writers and the common people because his novel, Animal Farm, is an allegorical story at two levels. On the surface level, it’s a story which attracts the attention of the common people to be amused by the animals talking about their difficulties on a farm, and on the other hand, it is a political story with some profound concepts about the human nature and the strategies politicians use to manipulate people. It is well realized that the leader of the animals in Orwell’s Animal Farm, Napoleon, tricks people into believing that he is the best leader by giving them some statistical lies. The leaders, including Napoleon and Snowball, give the animals some false documents that their situation is not that bad. After examining both the rhetorical skills and language as a means for manipulation, one realizes that Orwell intended to mention a fact about the human nature that they are more likely to be ambivalent and also the totalitarian governments in general having an exploitative purpose in using different strategies of which media and propaganda are some means to manipulate the people in order to keep them docile and quiet just to promote their own purposes without paying attention to the miseries of others.


Rhetorical skills; Manipulation; Strategies; Totalitarian; Propaganda.

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