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Animal Farm Chapter 6

| Monday October 03, 2011

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A Guide to Animal Farm
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Summary

  • The animals work harder than they did before.
  • The building of the windmill hits problems.
  • Napoleon starts to trade with humans.
  • The pigs move into the farmhouse and sleep in beds.

Dealing With Humans & Squealer Manipulates The Truth

The manipulation of information was a factor in the success of the Communist Bloc countries during the C20th.  Things that had been agreed were forgotten if it was convenient to do so; things that had never been agreed were added to the collective memory – Stalin even went as far as to have Trotsky removed from photographs once he had fallen out with him.  Squealer manipulates the animals in this extract by telling them that their memory of past events and agreements were wrong and that Napoleon was correct all the time.

One Sunday morning, when the animals assembled to receive their orders,

Napoleon announced that he had decided upon a new policy

. [1] From now on-wards Animal Farm would engage in trade with the neighbouring farms: not, of course, for any commercial purpose, but simply in order to obtain certain materials which were urgently necessary. The needs of the windmill must override everything else, he said. He was therefore making arrangements to sell a stack of hay and part of the current year’s wheat crop, and later on, if more money were needed, it would have to be made up by the sale of eggs, for which there was always a market in Willingdon. The hens, said Napoleon, should welcome this sacrifice as their own special contribution towards the building of the windmill.

[1] ‘announced’ sounds like a dictatorship.

Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness. Never to have any dealings with human beings, never to engage in trade, never to make use of money -had not these been among the earliest resolutions passed at that first...


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