What Is Napoleon`s Reaction to the Animals Agreement to Build the Windmill

Over the course of a year, all the animals (except Benjamin) completely swallowed Napoleon`s propaganda: although they worked as “slaves,” the animals believe that “everything they did was for themselves” and “not for a pack of idle thieves.” When Napoleon ordered the animals to work on Sundays, he called the work “strictly voluntary,” but added that any animal that did not volunteer would reduce its rations. Thus, Napoleon is able to promote a sense of unity (where animals work “voluntarily”) by taking advantage of the threat of hunger. This transformation of obvious dictatorial practices (forced labor) into seemingly benevolent social programs (volunteerism) is another of Napoleon`s methods of keeping animals fit for work and docile. The effect of Napoleon`s propaganda is also evident in Boxer`s tireless devotion to the windmill. Even though Clover warns him not to make an effort, Boxer can only think, “I`m going to work harder” and “Napoleon is always right.” The fact that he can only think in slogans reflects his inability to engage in real thinking. Slogans like these are powerful weapons for leaders like Napoleon who want to keep their supporters dedicated, docile and stupid. The destruction of the wind turbine marks the failure of Snowball`s vision of the future. It also allows Orwell to demonstrate once again Napoleon`s incredible ability to seize an opportunity for his own needs. Fearing to appear indecisive and failed as all the animals look at the windmill overturned, Napoleon evokes the name Snowball, as Squealer does with Jones: “Do you know,” he asks, “the enemy who came in the night and knocked down our windmill? SNOWBALL!¬†For the rest of the novel, Snowball is used as a scapegoat for all of Napoleon`s mistakes; His orders to start rebuilding the windmill and shouting slogans happen because he doesn`t want to give the animals time to look at the plausibility of his story on Snowball. Although he shouts, “Long live the animal farm,” he says, “Long live Napoleon!” In November, a storm topples the half-finished windmill. Napoleon tells the animals that Snowball is responsible for its ruin and offers a reward to any animal that kills Snowball or brings it back alive. Napoleon then declared that they would begin to rebuild the windmill that morning.

Squealer continues his work of appeasing the animals that oppose Napoleon`s plans. While he describes history figuratively when he explains that there has never been a solution to the use of money or trade, and that animals must have dreamed of it, he literally rewrites history when he changes the fourth commandment from “No animal will sleep in a bed with sheets” to “No animal will sleep in a bed with sheets.” When Clover learns that the two words are added, she is of course suspicious, but has been so brainwashed by Napoleon`s regime that she concludes she was wrong. Squealer`s explanation of why pigs sleep in beds depends more on semantics than common sense: “A bed means just a place to sleep” and “A pile of straw is a bed, properly considered” are examples of his manipulation of language. His most powerful word, of course, is “Jones,” because every time he asks, “Surely none of you want to see Jones again?”, all the questions of the animals are dispelled. One of Napoleon`s most effective ways of strengthening his rule was through the use of victim policies. In fact, “sacrifice” is a word often repeated in the novel, and Napoleon uses it to excuse what others will see as his blatant disregard for the Seven Commandments of animalism. For example, when he orders Animal Farm to trade with people and the hens must sell their eggs, he explains that the hens “should welcome this sacrifice as their own special contribution to the construction of the windmill.” After facing some of the animals` objections to the human trade, Napoleon told them that they did not have to get in touch with people because “he intended to take all the burden on his own shoulders.” Like apples and milk (which pigs pretended not to like from the start), Napoleon masterfully transforms into an animal like a boxer – when the reader naturally sees that the pig and the horse in their selfishness and altruism are completely opposites. Of course, if ever animals hint at seeing through Napoleon`s false humility, they are greeted with the same combination of bleating and grunting that Snowball faced in Chapter 5. .

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