Satire is used throughout the novel Animal Farm through many things. Orwell puts the animals in human situations to convey political ideas and make it funny at the same time. Orwell also uses the commandments on the barn wall to show satire. Throughout the novel Orwell shows that the humans take advantage of the animals just like the rich take advantage of the common people. Orwell also makes fun of the Russian rulers by representing them with pigs. Through the satirical writing of Animal Farm, Orwell attacked the Russian communist rulers with irony and humor and makes a connection to his beliefs.
Orwell mainly uses the commandments on the barn wall to show dramatic irony throughout the novel. Each time the animals go to check the commandments to tell the pigs they did something wrong, they seem to be different. The animals don't realize they are different because Squealer talks them into thinking they forgot. The manipulative nature of Squealer makes it hard for the animals to go against what he says. Therefore the animals just go along with it and don't dwell on it any longer. The irony in this is the animals expect the commandment to say something, but it ends up being changed. What makes it dramatic irony is that the reader understands the commandment is changed, but the animals are too naive to realize it.