Animal Farm by George Orwell by Jean Armstrong (auth.)

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We have been well prepared for the collapse of Boxer - we know he is no longer strong and is looking forward to his retirement and we have just been reminded of the extent of the'pigs' hypocrisy and selfishness. These two sides of the issue are waiting to be pulled together into the climax. The trust of Boxer and the concern of Clover and Benjamin are sown early in the chapter and are later developed to heighten the pathos of the episode and the hypocrisy of the pigs has been treated in the same way, being eventually developed into the totally absurd statement that Squealer makes about the name on the van.

The climax of this group of examples is the blaming of Snowball for the destruction of the windmill. Why do they not realise that Napoleon is lying, we may ask, for all the facts seem to prove it. The animals have seen what the wind has done to the flagstaff and to the elm tree and to accept that it was the wind that also destroyed the windmill seems to be nothing but common sense, and to think otherwise seems perverse. They believe Napoleon, however , and here Orwell makes the very important point that often people will believe what they want to believe, that the credulity of people , their willingness to be deceived 37 rather than face up to the truth, is a stepping stone for those who pursue power .

He had no reason to suppose that France or Britain would support the Soviet Union in an attack by Hitler but he also had impure motives for coming to terms with Germany. These were the possible expansion of the Soviet Union's boundaries by the seizing of part of Poland and the recovery of territories lost in the Revolution. However, this move contradicted all the official anti-Fascist policies of the Soviet Union and the communist media and created some confusion in the Party abroad. Many members left the Communist Party .

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