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Explore the ways in which the rules of animalism are charged during the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell.

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ANIMAL FARM ESSAY Explore the ways in which the rules of animalism are charged during the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. The rules of animalism were written on the end wall of the big barn. They were written there at approximately half past six on the day of harvest. The commandments are based on snowball the pigs speech. The seven rules are: 1) Whatever goes upon two legs in 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 commandments were not meant to be changed because all the animals were instructed to learn them by heart. The rules are meant to apply to all the animals on the farm not just a few of them. In Chapter 3 it is decided that all the windfall apples the main crop of apples and the milk should be reserved entirely for the pigs. This seems to go against the 7th commandment that "all animals are equal". The animals agreed on this rule, but the pigs are violating the rule by taking all the apples and the milk for themselves, when they should be shared amongst all the animals. ...read more.


That is the trick with his propaganda. Clover remembered the rule "no animals shall sleep in a bed". She goes to read the commandments on the end barn wall. When she does read the rules she observed that they had been changed. It now reads "no animals shall sleep in beds with sheets". This is another example of Napoleons work. Clover can't remember seeing the last few words, but accepts it anyway. Squealers explanation is this: "You did not suppose surely, that there was ever a ruling against beds? A bed merely means a place to sleep in - the rule was against sheets which are a human invention". This is just a downright lie. It was decided upon the commandments being written down, that no animals will sleep in a bed, but as usual Napoleon has changed the rules to suit himself. Four pigs were killed by the dogs who ripped their throats out because they had secretly kept in touch with Snowball and had also collaborated with him in destroying the windmill. Three hens confessed to being the ring-leaders of the rebellion over the eggs. A goose confessed to stealing and eating 6 ears of corn, in the harvest. A sheep confessed to urinating in a drinking pool, two other sheep confessed to murdering an old ram by chasing him round and round a bonfire when he had a cough. ...read more.


They being to look like humans. Thus becoming more powerful and being above the others. It is frightening for the other animals because the pigs are seen collaborating and scheming with farmer from other farms. This breaks every rule they ever made. Conclusion: I think the pigs behaviour was totally out of order. They created propaganda, made all the other animals think that they were helping them when in actual fact they were manipulating them so they could gain power. They knew they had an advantage over the others because they couldn't read and the pigs could, so whenever they changed the rules on the end barn wall none of the others realised because they were too ignorant. They killed animals, starved animals and deprived them of their rights - but they kept telling them it was for their own good and they didn't argue. The pigs just kept going until half of the animals were dead, and the farm was completely theirs. This shows complete selfishness and greed, but also their ability to take over the whole farm. The moral of this story is "It's always best to keep your wits about you, because there is always somebody waiting to rip you off or take advantage of you. Also, that just because someone appears to be in power - you have the right to question it, if it doesn't seem right and fair. ...read more.

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