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Animal Farm - Essay 3

  • Date Submitted: 03/16/2010 01:43 PM
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Many years pass and the only animals left on the farm from the days before the Rebellion are Clover, Benjamin, Moses and a number of the pigs - the rest have passed away.

Topic Tracking: Greed 11

The farm is more prosperous now, with more animals who have been born or bought, and the windmill is finished. It isn't used for electricity, but for milling corn which is then sold at a profit. The animals are building another windmill, which will run a dynamo, but even then there will be no light and hot and cold water in the stalls, or a three-day work week, or any of the improvements Snowball had talked about.

"Napoleon had denounced such ideas as contrary to the spirit of Animalism. The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally." Chapter 10, pg. 107

Topic Tracking: Principles of Animalism 18

Although the farm is much richer, the animals' lives are as hard as ever. Still, Squealer keeps telling them things are constantly getting better, and they have no way to dispute this.

"Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse - hunger, hardship and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life." Chapter 10, pg. 109

Nevertheless all the animals, even the ones that have been bought from other farms, feel pride in knowing that their farm is special, run by themselves, and that they are all equal.

One day Squealer takes the sheep into a secluded piece of ground and keeps them there for a week, saying he is teaching them a new song.

Soon after they come back, the pigs suddenly come out of the farmhouse walking on their hind legs, Squealer in the front and then all of them in a long file. Finally Napoleon emerges, also walking on his hind legs and carrying a whip in his trotter. Before the animals can protest, the sheep all start bleating at once "Four legs good, two legs better!" over and over without...


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