English Homework Essay

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The principles of Animalism are first shown by Old Major in his speech to the farm and then modified by the pigs as they regain more and more power on the farm. The pigs firstly told the farm that everyone would follow the seven commandments and “they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after” as they said in chapter two. Of course, it does not work out this way and the pigs soon take advantage of the animals’ stupidity. The pigs began changing the commandments for the better and to suit their own causes. For example, commandment 4 is changed to forbid not beds, but beds with sheets. Some animals realize the commandments are being changed. Clover does not remember the Fourth Commandment stated sheet were forbidden to be used by animals sheets; but as it was carved on the wall, it must have done so. (ch 6)This commandment is altered when the pigs begin to live in the house. This is is remarkable both because because the pigs are beginning to set themselves apart from the other animals and act more human. With these changes, it becomes obvious to the pigs that their power can slowly alter the rules and as , the other animals obviously forget the original wording of the seven rules and believe the new wording- the pigs altered list of rules. More changes continue, giving the pigs the ability to take on human attributes while keeping the other animals oppressed. This sets up the farm to change from a community of equality to a dictatorship, and all done with the implicit approval of the other animals, who cannot think far enough ahead to see what these changes will

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