Thesis for the book Animal Farm

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Pigs or Humans? The book, Animal Farm, has significant values, important symbolism and, useful lessons. It’s about greed, corruption, and distrust among a society, and how an imbalance in knowledge can create social classes that aren’t necessary. Napoleon takes control of Animal Farm little by little, changing the rules one at a time, and using his power to get what he wants. His tactics are smart but are also politically incorrect. He does this, though he shouldn’t, but cannot fully be blamed because too much power can drive anybody to be corrupt. Napoleon becomes more like a human, his enemy, every day. The pigs are the smartest animals on the farm, so they are at the top of society. They can do what they want, and they will always get away with it. How do they do it? They tell lies and spread propaganda. When the pigs do something wrong, they make up an overcomplicated reasoning so that the other animals don’t understand, but will believe what they’re being told. Also, when the animals question them, the pigs change the commandments in their favor. Then when the farm doesn’t remember that particular commandments as they are, they are blamed for their “faulty memories.” On page 80 Napoleon is questioned, and Squealer steps in to state that there weren’t problems, and that what the pigs were doing is okay. “You did not suppose, surely, that there was a rule against beds? ... A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded. The rule was against sheets, which are a human invention.” The pigs have clearly changed the commandments, for their comfort in this situation, and now have more peaceful resting areas because they could certainly not be “too tired to carry out their duties.” The pigs do use other tactics to get what they want; though changing rules was the most common. When an animal(s) would rebel or argue with the high class pigs, Napoleon would
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