IJLLL 2022 Vol.8(3): 178-181 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2022.8.3.344

Analysis of Squealer’s Character in Animal Farm Based on Turn-Taking Theory

Yindi Chen and Meiyan Liu
Abstract—Squealer in the novella Animal Farm is rarely studied. However, as the mouthpiece of the ruling class, Squealer’s character is worth exploring. Therefore, this paper intends to study his character on the basis of turn-taking theory. Analysis reveals that, to hold his turn, Squealer employs spacemaking strategies and monologue, which displays his duplicity and arrogance. Besides, he seizes the chance to take his turn by means of interruptions with irrelevant words, indicating his indifference and selfishness. When yielding his turn, he nominates other animals with threatening words, showing his hypocrisy and cunning. Conclusion is drawn that, for the sake of his class, Squealer tends to muzzle other animals’ thought to consolidate their rule.

Index Terms—Turn taking theory, character, space-making strategies, monologue, interruption, nomination.

The authors are with the Northwestern Polytechnical University, China (e-mail: cyd2972636516@163.com, myliu@nwpu.edu.cn).

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Cite:Yindi Chen and Meiyan Liu, "Analysis of Squealer’s Character in Animal Farm Based on Turn-Taking Theory," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 178-181, 2022.

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