The Role of Language in Dystopian Narrative: Manipulative Discourse in George Orwell's Animal Farm


LITERARY VOICE, vol.1, no.11, pp.52-59, 2019 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Journal Name: LITERARY VOICE
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.52-59
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Language plays a pivotal role in dystopian narrative, which gained enormous significance in the twentieth century through a boom in literary dystopias and other texts of speculative fiction. Language as an instrumental tool of social engineering becomes a functional means either manipulatively to suppress the fictional characters or to resist against the repressive power in the alternative world projections of literary dystopias. It is what shapes the formation of a certain ideological mindset granting or denying the character the opportunity to speak his/her mind. In this context, the aim of this article is to discuss the crucial role of language in dystopian fiction by analyzing manipulative discourse in George Orwell's Animal Farm.