How Old Major Uses Language To Persuade The Listeners In His Speech

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How Old Major Uses Language Purposively to Persuade the Listeners in his Speech
In the introductory chapter of the allegorical fable, ‘Animal Farm,’ written by George Orwell in 1945, the first paragraph presents an attractive welcome into the satirical masterpiece. In spirit to augment the trending prospects of the schools of thought and the political ideologies, the author settles on animal characters to help present his views in the catchy story. Old Major is the twelve-year-old boar, the most respected animal, and the major character in the chapter. He enjoys the loyalty of the other animals, especially their regular assembly for his ...view middle of the document...

The animals feel more touched to when Major reminds them of all the hardships and the exploitations they suffer for the benefit of the “enemy.” “What has happened to that milk that should have been breeding up sturdy calves? Every drop of it has gone down the throats of our enemies” (Orwell 4). While he reminds every animal of the hurdle they go through and how their sweat varnishes, he wins their thoughts into getting emotional to feel used and wasted. Besides, he also incorporated catchy poetic invasion to moderate the provocative issues to make them more emotional and heartfelt. For instance, instead of “we must all come to that horror,” he opts for the inverted version- “To that horror we must all come ... everyone” (Orwell 3). The sentence is, however, ironical to be used in a sense that it becomes both emotional and threatening, hence intriguing mixed feelings among the audience. Otherwise, the audience is entirely carried away by the speech.
Major also employed the technique of placing rhetorical questions in the middle of a topic. In their applications, the rhetorical questions helped to stress on unreasonable and discriminatory issues. Such issues as where the animal products end up and whether they benefit the animals who are the producers were better expressed in the forms of the rhetoric questions. For instance, “Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Why then do we continue in this miserable condition?” (Orwell 2). Old Major organized the two rhetoric questions to follow each other after some convincing sentences about the need for an action, a strategic rebellion. The audience’s attention is more touched when they are told about what they want to hear or asked about questions they have always asked themselves.
Like a pundit ensures that he engages the audience till the end of the speech by bringing in a political anthem at the climax of the speech. He employs the poetic creativity in ensuring that the lyrics of the song adopted the techniques of a persuasive language. That is, the poetic language incorporated the use of repetition, hyperboles, and imperative phrases,...

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