The idea from the story that I have chosen to write about is that of language

as a powerful tool. Used improperly, language can enslave us. The reason that I

have chosen to write about this topic is because I know that words can be very

strong and mean a lot. It is a very common thing to hear of people manipulating

words. There are many people that do not know the difference and are taken in

by these words. I think that this is proven many times throughout the book.

In the story Animal Farm by George Orwell, there were many times when the

use of words controlled the population of the farm. Some examples of this

occurred when the pigs used big words that some of the animals did not

understand. Another example was when the sheep would be taught catchy

slogans and say them many times. It would get drilled into the heads of the other

animals. One more example is the song ?Beasts of England? which was drilled

into the animal's heads. By playing this song every week, the song was

memorized by everybody. These slogans, songs, and words were used to

control the animals.

There were other ways that words were used to overpower the animals. The

owl would use words to describe an animal heaven. That is a place where all of

the animals wanted to go and a place that they all believed in. There were many

times in the story that all of the pigs would switch around words. For example,

the pigs would change the words in the seven commandments. They would do

this to make the animals think that what the pigs were doing was right even if it

was not. Talk of places like animal heaven got the animals hopes up and they

worked happily.

The final way that I think that the words were used to control the animals was

with numbers. The animals did not fully understand all of the numbers so if

someone told them that their workweek was shorter it could actually have been

longer. The animals believed them because they had no reason not to believe

them. The pigs were always considered to be right. The pigs were very

manipulative throughout the entire story and the biggest manipulator of them all

was Squealer.

I think that Animal Farm has shown me many ways that people can

manipulate the use of words to make everything sound right. I think that in

today's society, the manipulation of words is more common than ever. I also

believe that in many situations, you cannot tell when someone is telling the truth

or manipulating words. There are many times that things have been worded so

that they sound right, even when they are not. The President of the United

States of America manipulates and uses speech as a powerful tool. He is one

example of a person using words to manipulate or control how people think.