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Animal Farm Squealer Quotes

The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white.

Animal Farm. Chapter 2. A brilliant talker Squealer the pig is Napoleon’s propaganda machine.

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.

Animal Farm. Chapter 2. The pigs reduced the principles of Animalism to Seven Commandment.

“Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades,” cried Squealer almost pleadingly.

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Animal Farm. Chapter 3. An early indication that not all of the animals are treated equally.

“Comrades!” he cried. “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us.”

Animal Farm. Chapter 3. Squealer explains why the pigs have to take all the milk and apples.

How the animals believed him and why
“Squealer spoke so persuasively…that they accepted his explanation”
Squealer able to manipulate ANYTHING
“He could turn black into white”
Example of Squealer’s manipulation over milk
You do not imagine…that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness”
Threat of Jones coming back
“Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?”
Scapegoating Snowball
“The enemy who has…overthrown our Windmill? SNOWBALL!”
Why Squealer fooled them all
“Brilliant talker…somehow very persuasive”
How Squealer lied that windmill was N not S
“The windmill was, in fact, Napoleon’s own creation”
Squealer breaking the ultimate commandment
“perfect balance, he was strolling across the yard”
Squealer lying about the extent of productivity
“every class of foodstuff had increased by 200 per cent”
How Squealer made the animals less suspicious?
“Squealer was soon able to convince them that their memories had been at fault.”
Manipulative. Orwell’s representation of the leader of the world or of Russia at the time.
“Squealer spoke so persuasively…that they accepted his explanation”
Manipulation. Use of metaphor
“He could turn black into white”
Squealer imposed fear in the animals
“Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?”
Propaganda. A problem at the time the book was written.
“The enemy who has…overthrown our Windmill? SNOWBALL!”
Persuasive language.
“Brilliant talker…somehow very persuasive”
“perfect balance, he was strolling across the yard”

No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

Animal Farm. Chapter 5. Squealer.

Afterwards Squealer made a round of the farm and set the animals’ minds at rest. He assured them that the resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed, or even suggested. It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball. A few animals still felt faintly doubtful, but Squealer asked them shrewdly, ‘Are you certain that this is not something that you have dreamed, comrades? Have you any record of such a resolution? Is it written down anywhere?’ And since it was certainly true that nothing of the kind existed in writing, the animals were satisfied that they had been mistaken.

Animal Farm. Chapter 6.

It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up their residence there. Again the animals seemed to remember that a resolution against this had been passed in the early days, and again Squealer was able to convince them that this was not the case.

Animal Farm. Chapter 6. Squealer uses his powers of manipulation to get the animals to believe yet another lie that there was never a rule against living in the farmhouse.

A bed merely means a place to sleep in. A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded. The rule was against sheets, which are a human invention…You would not rob us of our repose, would you, comrades? You would not have us too tired to carry out our duties? Surely none of you wishes to see Jones back?

Animal Farm. Chapter 6. Napoleon’s mouthpiece Squealer, on the pigs’ taking up beds in the farmhouse.

‘Beasts of England’ had been abolished. From now onwards it was forbidden to sing it.

Animal Farm. Chapter 7. The animals are taken aback as Napoleon gets rid of the song of the Rebellion. Squealer announces it is a special decree of the leader.

At the foot of the end wall of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written, there lay a ladder broken in two pieces. Squealer, temporarily stunned, was sprawling beside it, and near at hand there lay a lantern, a paint-brush, and an overturned pot of white paint. The dogs immediately made a ring round Squealer, and escorted him back to the farmhouse as soon as he was able to walk. None of the animals could form any idea as to what this meant, except old Benjamin, who nodded his muzzle with a knowing air, and seemed to understand, but would say nothing.

Animal Farm. Chapter 8.

Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.

Animal Farm. Chapter 9.