Commandments In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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In Chapter 2 pg 24 Snowball wrote out a list of commandments that would shape the community of Animal Farm. In the end of the book (ch 10 pg 134) “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” is the one commandment that is left to describe the leadership of Napoleon. Napoleon is able to get away with changing the commandments because he blames everything on Snowball and says that Snowball ran away because he was secretly in league with Jones and his men. None of the animals are able to read except the pigs, Benjamin and Muriel. None of the animals have particularly good memories so when a commandment gets changed, Squealer is able to convince the other animals that they were remembering incorrectly. I think Napoleon started…show more content…
They eat their meals in the kitchen and sleep in the beds. Clover thought there was something in the Seven Commandments against beds, but she wasn’t able to read them. Clover got Muriel to read her the fourth commandment and Muriel announced that it stated, “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.” (Ch 6 pg 67). “Curiously enough, Clover had not remembered that the Fourth Commandment mentioned sheets; but as it was there on the wall, it must have done so. And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.” (Ch 6 pg 67). Clover continued to investigate the commandments and in Chapter 8 (pg 91) the commandment “No animal shall kill any other animal” was changed to “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.” In the same chapter (pg 108-109) The animals woke from a loud crash. “At the foot of the end wall of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written, there lay a ladder broken in two pieces. Squealer, temporarily stunned, was sprawling beside it, and near at hand there lay a lantern, a paintbrush, and an overturned pot of white paint.” The dogs escorted Squealer back to the farmhouse and later it was found that the fifth commandment was changed to “No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.” (Ch 8 pg 109). The animals realize that the commandments are getting changed but they don’t have a good enough memory to remember what the commandments actually said. I think that Napoleon eventually got jealous that Snowball was smarter than him and that’s why Napoleon stole the plans for the windmill and kicked Snowball out. I believe that Napoleon realized that the humans actually had some smart ideas that would benefit him and the pigs, and that’s why he decided to live in the farmhouse. Naturally pigs are greedy. Napoleon reduced
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