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In the last paragraph of Animal Farm the last and concluding bit about how the pigs had become indifferent than their human counterparts is told. All throughout the story line of the book the author (George Orwell) tells of how the pigs became the supreme beings in the Animalism society and control the world in the Animal Farm. From all of this, they go against their original beliefs of an all-equal society where every animal has equal rights and responsibilities. They also adapt the forbidden habits of humans, which were the original “must not” commandments devised by themselves.
All throughout the entire novel the pigs were constantly becoming increasingly powerful and more and more human-like, leading up to the final statement where they were undistinguishable from the humans. On page 33 in Chapter 2 the Seven Commandments as developed by the pigs are listed. One by one the pigs break each and every one of these.
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.
These statements are also modified at the pigs’ discretion and re-taught to the animals of lesser intelligence by brainwashing courtesy of Squealer.
The first commandment, “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy,” is certainly broken as the pigs conspire with the humans and adapt to their habit of travel on two appendages. This is shown on page 121 where it sates that Squealer started to walk on his hind legs only and the other animals take notice. Just following that all the other pigs exit the farmhouse moving along on two legs also. The other animals are horrified by the sight and think that their world as animals in an animal society has ended. The second commandment is eventually removed as is grafted into the first as it becomes skewed.
The third fourth and fifth commandments also become non-existent as the pigs break all of these. On page 123 it tells that Napoleon and his favored lady-pig emerge into view of the others dressed in the clothes of Mr. Jones and his wife. The fourth commandment about sleeping in a bed with sheets was broken near the middle of the book in chapter six on pages 69 and 70. Once again Squealer twisted the truth around changing the commandment to read no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets. The fifth commandment was broken by the pigs, just like all the others, when they take a case of whiskey from the cellar and have a little party. This occurs on page 102 where it talks of Napoleon becoming drunk, the commandment was then changed to read, “No animal shall drink alcohol in excess.”
The sixth commandment which refers to one animal ended the life of another is broken in a few instances one being on page 113 where Napoleon orders that Boxer be taken away because of being sick, but really he is being to sold to be slaughtered. The last commandment, which refers to the generality of all the others, is much the main concept in Napoleon’s communist regime. The new and final version of this is boldly stated on page 123 as it is the last and only commandment remaining at the terminus of the book. In has been modified to read “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
All of these things together changed the animal society into a human like communist world ruled by a dictator, just like Russia was during the power of the Soviets. All of this brings suffering and no freedom for the animals of Manor Farm. It showed that because the pigs had become so evil and human like it was impossible for the others to distinguish between the two. In conclusion the pigs had taken their original beliefs and completely twisted them around into a society in which they we the ones which received the benefits, just like Stalin did during his reign of power.
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Literature, Fiction, British films, Cold War films, Animal Farm, Films, Napoleon, Squealer, Domestic pig, Boxer, Pig, Snowball
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