The overlying idea that is presented in Animal Farm is the abuse of power due to a naive working class. This can be further broken into language used alongside the spread of propaganda and education used to oppress others.
The language used often in the novel can clearly show the amount of power that the pigs wish to acquire and already do. Language is abused so power can be. Squealer is the one that is the link between the pigs and the other animals. He would talk often about the importance of keeping the pigs alive and healthy. An example of this is when Squealer is talking to the other animals and states, “do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! … Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” The use of rhetorical questions makes the animals realise how obviously important it really is to keep the pigs to the their best self. The language used creates the negative connotation towards Jones and puts the pigs into a positive light. The words such as “failed”, “surely”, and “no one” makes the idea that Squealer is presenting to be obvious and mild exaggeration is used to convey the point. The animals are unable to think for themselves which means that Through this dialogue, the animals realize how important it is to keep the pigs alive and healthy which further entraps them within the pigs powers. This affect is clearly seen on the animals as the remark that “the importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all to obvious.”