The animals even forget what the farm was like when Mr. Jones was in charge. Lastly, in the end, the animals don’t do anything once the pigs start doing human like things. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, a lesson we must learn to insure we are not led blindly into a worse situation than we had before. I’m just going to say it, the animals on Animal Farm were oblivious and very near-sighted. When the Seven Commandments were changed, the animals sensed something had changed in them, but couldn’t remember exactly so they let it slide.
The pigs are showing that they matter more and must remain at the forefront of the farm, and this change to the seven commandments show that the pigs feel insecure in their position and feel the need to rectify this with the other animals. Not to mention, when Mr. Pilkington says, “ ‘If you have your lower animals to contend with,’ he said, ‘we have our lower classes!’ ,” (65) this fortifies that the pigs have separated themselves so much from the working animals that even human leaders begin to notice the differences. The pigs wholly consolidate the power by limiting the other animals education and intelligence to see how power mad the pigs have become. The lack of education and lack of intelligence assist the pigs in their path to taking over the
Animal Farm includes many songs, poems and slogans all used as propaganda. In the very beginning Old Major teaches the animals “Beasts of England”. This song is taught and spread to start the revolution for all animals. Later, Napoleon teaches the sheep to bleat the slogan “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad” during Snowball 's speeches. This often lost the fight for Snowball and helped Napoleon in his rise to
The three ways they show this are: by not following the commandments they made, by threatening the animals and reducing food, and by taking credit on the windmill. To begin with, the authority figures, the pigs did not follow the commandments they all agreed upon by changing the rules to fit their needs, such as when they bought whisky and did not share with the rest of the animals and changed a rule after an incident that happened with a pig. When Muriel points out the fifth commandment seems different, the animals read, “No animal shall drink alcohol to excess” (Orwell 73). This shows how after Napoleon, the high class authority figure had his incident he had changed the commandment by adding a couple more words so he can still drink but not a lot. This relates to the authority figures changing the commandments to fit their needs since they changed the fifth
The other animals did not really care too much that the pigs were in control, as all the other animals really cared about was that the humans did not have the power and the control over them. Just like when the pigs started to change the “Seven Commandments” the other animals really were not that fussed. In “The Truman Show” Truman hated all the power and control over his life as all he wanted was to be free and to be able to go to Fiji. In “Animal Farm” they did not care all the much about the power and control whereas in “The Truman Show” Truman hated it and that is why he tried so hard to get out of his puny little town called
Endless power leads to corruption, as seen by Napoleon 's past Commandment modifications. “All animals are equal” was the “golden rule” but the same pattern returns once Napoleon changes it to justify his tyranny by adding “but some are more equal than others.” These changes in the Commandments convey Napoleon 's abusive power. All of the animals finally had enough. “But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be…?” (134).
After the rebellion, the pigs and other animals had tasks that corrisponded with how old, and what type of animal they were. Everyone was treated fairly, at least until the pigs discovered their true talent. Lying. Squealer was constantly lying to the animals, and acting as if everything had been well. By the end of the book, the pigs had obtained so much power that they were indistinguishable from the humans.
The quote by Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” is a good example of what is happening in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. The pigs immediately gain control and leadership of the farm and eventually start to abuse the power. The pigs abuse their power by changing the commandments, living in luxury, and by treating the animals poorly. First and foremost, the pigs start changing the commandments to fit their acts and desires. In the beginning of the story, the animals decide on fair rules that everyone on the farm should abide by.
But, they didn't have to be. If the the citizens were more intelligent, if the government was more diverse and if the ultimate rulers were less selfish, then this failed society would have flourished. The pigs manipulated the rest of the animals because they were dumb. If there was more diversity then the death of all of the helpful animals on the farm could have been avoided. And if the pigs would have put the wants and needs of their citizens in front of their own then things like the money spent in trade would have benefited all of the animals not only the pigs.
The animals on the farm notice a change made to the barn wall where the Seven Commandments were once written and realize that now there is a single commandment on the wall, “It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS” (133). This represents a detrimental change in the original idea for the ideal society and the degradation of equality on the farm. The pigs gain all authority over the other animals creating social stratification on the farm, making the pigs the government and the other animals the working class who labor for the approval of the pigs. The pigs continue to receive special treatment due to their superior knowledge and leadership