Religion In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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The role of religion in “Animal Farm” was to maintain hope, organization/balance and the practice of beliefs/rituals. Religion can be perceived in many ways throughout the story, and is also plays a key role in the characters actions and thoughts. The first set of beliefs that was presented to the animals were “The Seven Commandments” (Orwell 43). Like The Ten Commandments in the Christian religion, here established by Napoleon and Snowball from Old Major’s speech. “They will form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must for ever after”, stated by them (Orwell 42). Not only do they have a set of beliefs, yet they take the song “Beast of England” produce by Old Major, into a ritual practice after their planned meetings. The role of religion also take form by the tells of Moses the Raven. Moses “Claimed to know of the existence of a mysterious country called Sugarcandy Mountain, to which all animals went when they died”( Orwell 37). At first many animals don't…show more content…
In a essence Napoleon the pig becomes the persona of “Someone to believe in,” for the animals. After Snowball was chased out, Napoleon most importantly and the pigs become the guidance for the animals lives. “Napoleon is always right”(Orwell 70), said by Boxer the horse, expresses his strong belief in his intelligence and guidance. The more and more, the story progresses, the more religion takes the role of keeping the animals organized and in harmony of the pig’s leadership and system. Although, “The Seven Commandments” start to change, the animals chose to keep following them. When Moses appears once more later on, the farm has drastically changed, the pigs have successfully taken over, condition are horrible and now the pigs see no care to persuade others to not believe in him. In fact, Sugarcandy Mountain now serve as their hope once again, like when Mr. Jones was in their
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