Communists: The Enemies of Germany
Once the Nazis took power, they began mass producing propaganda. The two primary goals of the Nazi Party's propaganda were to shield the public from any anti Nazi media, and to promote the ideas of the Nazi Party. The Nazi Party began to utilize the power of propaganda to attack the Communists. Using propaganda as a weapon became very effective, because the Nazis used propaganda to manipulate the minds of their people and maintain their growing political power. In Animal Farm, the next-door-farm owner Frederick is symbolic for Hitler. He uses rhetoric and propaganda, telling his farm animals horrific stories of the Animal Farm animals so that they will stay away from them and not be inspired by the ideas of the Animal Farm. This is similar to Hitler using rhetoric and propaganda to sway his people away from the Communists, protecting them from exposure to communist ideas. Hammering down any public praise for Communism was key to isolating the public political preference in favor of the Nazi Party, strengthening this party's power.
The Master Race
Much of Hitler's Propaganda promoted the idea of the "Master Race", which he believed to be the Aryans. Through many different ideas, much of Hitler's propaganda focused on praising the Aryan race and insulting the others. For example, there was an incredible amount of propaganda that looked down upon the Jews, while still promoting the "purity" of the Aryan race. The animals in Animal Farm do not praise the Aryan race, however they are obsessed with "Animalism". Just like the Nazis' hatred for the Jews and other races, the animals of the Animal Farm despise humanity. An idea that frequently echoed throughout the book is "Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad", which literally means that animals are good and humans are bad. The animals use this slogan for excitement and power, and the less intelligent animals are able to understand it which makes is more effective. Hitler was also a proprietor of simple propaganda, because he believed that good propaganda should be able to be understood by people of varied mental abilities.