Animal Farm

Squealer Character Analysis

A pig. Short and fat, Squealer is a terrific speaker who prioritizes his personal comfort above all else. Whenever the pigs violate the tenets of Animalism, Squealer persuades the other animals that the pigs are actually acting in everyone's best interest. Squealer represents the Soviet press, which Stalin controlled throughout his rule.

Squealer Quotes in Animal Farm

The Animal Farm quotes below are all either spoken by Squealer or refer to Squealer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Signet Classics edition of Animal Farm published in 1996.
Chapter 3 Quotes
"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. 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 organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples."
Related Characters: Squealer (speaker)
Page Number: 35-36
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Chapter 5 Quotes
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?
Related Characters: Squealer (speaker), Napoleon
Page Number: 55
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Chapter 8 Quotes
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. 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.
Related Characters: Squealer, Benjamin
Page Number: 108
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Chapter 9 Quotes
"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."
Related Characters: Squealer
Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 10 Quotes
Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer— except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs.
Related Characters: Napoleon, Squealer, Minimus, The Dogs
Page Number: 129
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The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
Related Characters: Napoleon, Squealer, Minimus, Mr. Pilkington
Page Number: 141
Explanation and Analysis:

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Squealer Character Timeline in Animal Farm

The timeline below shows where the character Squealer appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...in particular emerge as leaders: the lively Snowball and the powerful Napoleon. A third pig, Squealer, gives eloquent speeches that can convince anyone of anything. These three pigs turn Old Major's... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...they can use all apples and milk on the farm. The other animals grumble, but Squealer explains that the pigs are crucial to the running of the farm and need the... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Later, Squealer comes around and explains that Napoleon took on the "burden" of leadership and eliminated voting... (full context)
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Three weeks later, Napoleon announces that they'll build the windmill after all. Squealer explains: Napoleon opposed the windmill just to get rid of Snowball, who was a bad... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...to use money. Napoleon hires a man named Mr. Whymper to represent the farm, while Squealer convinces everyone that no rule ever banned the use of money. (full context)
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Squealer begins to refer to Napoleon as "The Leader" and the pigs move into the farmhouse... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Napoleon now issues almost all orders through Squealer, who one day announces that the hens must give up four hundred eggs a week... (full context)
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In addition, Squealer soon announces that Snowball has been sneaking onto Animal Farm at night: Napoleon can smell... (full context)
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...he thinks Snowball was loyal at the beginning, even if he later turned traitor. When Squealer responds that Napoleon himself has stated that Snowball was a traitor from the beginning, Boxer... (full context)
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...make things better. Clover leads the animals in a sad rendition of "Beasts of England." Squealer soon announces that "Beasts of England" has been forbidden: it was a song of revolution,... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...working harder and getting less food than back when Jones was master. But each Sunday Squealer reads off figures proving the animals are happier and better off than ever. (full context)
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...revelry that night in the farmhouse. But the next morning the house is silent. When Squealer eventually appears he has awful news: Comrade Napoleon is dying! By evening Napoleon has recovered,... (full context)
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Soon after, a crash in the middle of the night wakes the animals. They see Squealer unconscious on the ground next to a fallen ladder and a bucket of white paint... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...are reduced. In contrast, the rations for pigs and dogs remain at their normal levels. Squealer continues to claim that they're all better off than ever, and explains that a rigid... (full context)
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...on the new windmill, Boxer's lung fails and he falls, no longer able to work. Squealer announces that Napoleon has decided to send Boxer to a human veterinary doctor. The idea... (full context)
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Three days later, Squealer announces that Boxer died in the hospital, and that his last words were "Napoleon is... (full context)
Chapter 10
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One day Squealer brings the sheep out to a distant field with him and keeps them there for... (full context)