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George Orwell’s allegorical novella, Animal Farm is a satirical retelling of the events leading up to the 1917 Russian Revolution and the rise of Stalin. After the animals rebel against Mr. Jones and his employees, they set up a government constituted by “Animalism”, which in its raw state parallels the basic principles of socialism. In order to govern them, they create basic laws meant to unify them known as, “The Seven Commandments”, which they write on the outer wall of the barn. However, the pigs begin to disobey the commandments and change them to get away with it. None of the other animals notice due to their illiteracy, so Napoleon continuously exploits this fact to get what he wants. As a result, the farm that was meant to be utopic …show more content…
They were meant to keep the harmony between all animals and only discriminated against humans, stating that, “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings is a friend”. (Orwell 43). The commandments were also created with the intent that no animal would ever act like a human, lest the animals would fall into the same hierarchy held by man, saying, “No animal shall wear clothes; No animal shall sleep in a bed; No animal shall drink alcohol; No animal shall kill any other animal.” (Orwell 43). The last commandment, “All animals are equal”(Orwell 43), arguably the most important, signifies the most basic idea of Animal-Socialism. Once this commandment is altered, there is no hope for the animals because the farm has fallen completely to totalitarianism. The Seven Commandments were meant to unify, and the animals take this to heart, causing them to remain ignorant, allowing the farm to …show more content…
The first alteration was a simplification of the commandments by Snowball so that the animals having difficulty remembering all seven could understand the main idea of Animalism. This oversimplification is a huge mistake on Snowball’s part because it allows Napoleon to brainwash the rest of the animals and convince them of whatever he needs them to think. The rest of the alterations are by Napoleon attempting to cover up his human-like actions that break the commandments. As the Seven Commandments are continuously shortened, Napoleon continuously breaks them. First, Napoleon decides to engage in trade with humans, despite the commandment saying, "Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy." (Orwell 43). Then he and the pigs move into the farmhouse and sleep in the beds. To cover it up, Napoleon insists that the commandment prohibiting this was actually, "No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets” (Orwell 79), and stating that they removed the sheets from the beds. Things like this continue happening, but any suspicions the animals have are snuffed out until there is a bloodbath, and Napoleon has the dogs kill multiple animals who, 'confess' to conspiring with Snowball. Though the causes shock and misery amongst the animals (Orwell 93), Napoleon still gets away with it by claiming that the sixth commandment actually says,

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