MINP March #1: Wasted Talent

Prompt: Choose a character from Animal Farm and do a character analysis on them.

Book: Animal Farm  by George Orwell

This is a character analysis of Squealer, a character in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The category mind map below explains the different characteristics of Squealer and some supporting text evidence. Since Animal Farm is an allegory for the Russian Revolution, Squealer represents the propaganda that Joseph Stalin used against the public. Squealer can also represent Vyacheslav Molotov, a close associate and protege of Stalin in the Russian Revolution.


MINP March #1 – Brain Frame – Character Analysis – Squealer

MINP March #1 – Character Analysis – Squealer

I hope you took away not only a character analysis of Squealer, but also a chance to learn from others’ mistakes. Squealer is an example of a brilliant, talented individual who used their talent in the wrong way.  If we learn from Squealer’s mistakes, if we learn to think about the consequences before acting, if we learn to think deeper and more meaningful, then maybe a mistake like the Russian Revolution wouldn’t have happened. As an anonymous person said, “mistakes are meant for learning, not repeating.”


Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Knopf, 1993. Print.

Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Animal Farm.” Squealer. Cliffnotes, 5 June 2010. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.

Shmoop Editorial Team. “Squealer (a pig) in Animal Farm.” Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 2 Mar. 2016.

Lorentzium. “Analysis of Squealer from “Animal Farm” by George Orwell.” Analysis of Squealer from “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. EssayForum, 21 Feb. 2008. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.

Scott, Ed. “How to Write a Character Analysis.” Enotes.com. Enotes.com, 8 Aug. 2012. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.

2 thoughts on “MINP March #1: Wasted Talent

  1. Weilyn C says:

    I really like the format of your essay, and feel like it portrays the sides of Squealer that nobody would have really considered. Looking at your perspective, really gave a fresh eye to the character. I do feel like that you could proof read your work, (there were some small minor errors, with your words (the Napoleon, –> that Napoleon)

  2. Amanda C says:

    OMG your analysis is so detailed! You analyzed the text really well and I never thought of Squealer as a “brilliant, talented individual who used their talent in the wrong way.”

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