Napoleon uses several animals in this novel to enforce, maintain and extend his power. Characters, such as Squalor, the pigs, the dogs, and the sheep, all, weather they know it or not, help Napoleon convince the other animals that what he is doing is good. In George Orwell's novel Animal Farm persuasion, intelligence, strength, and gullibility are all key factors in supporting a leader such as Napoleon.
Sly, greedy, and crafty are just a few characteristics that describe Squealer. This pig is also a messenger, an actor, a great persuasive speaker, a follower, and an outstanding liar. He's nimble, he's clever, he's manipulative and most of all he's sneaky. Squealer uses his intelligence to persuade the other animals on the farm into doing what Napoleon wants, even if they don't really want to do it. He uses his craftiness and cunning to persuade the animals into thinking that he is on their side and he's doing all he can to help them out.
His acting ability misleads the animals into thinking that he's one of their closest friends and that he can be trusted with all their secrets. Squealer's slick style makes him an important character in the book and to Napoleon.
Squealer's first manipulative deed is committed when he tells the other animals on the farm that the pigs are going to get the windfall apples and the milk from now on. He uses his persuasive speaking skills to talk the other animals into understanding why the pigs were doing this. Squealer explains to the other animals that the pigs are taking the milk and apples merely for their own health and nothing else. He uses this excuse of the pigs taking the apples and milk for their health to persuade the animals into thinking that they should give...