The day after all victory celebrations, we began the rebuilding of the windmill. Boxer's battle wounds still haven't healed, but he insists on getting enough work done before he retires (which is foolish because his lungs wont last forever). Squealer still contends that we do not have a food shortage, and that things are getting better, but the way I see it, things have always gone bad for us and always will, and none of his statistics or fancy words will ever change it. Last autumn four sows gave birth to Napoleon's thirty one piglets. I noticed that the pigs are treating themselves better than they treat others, just like the richer humans treat the poorer ones. For example, young pigs now wear green ribbons on their tails on Sundays, and all animals must stand aside if a pig is walking on the same path. Furthermore, they're discouraged from playing with other animals, and Napoleon has ordered us to build them a schoolhouse. Not only is there inequality within young animals, but only pigs can have beer, vote, and eat special meals. They even reserved the entire barely field for themselves. You never see them doing any labor, but they swear that they work more than we do by filling papers with writing, then burning them. Nevertheless, we sing more songs, hold more progressions, and have more speeches. Every week Napoleon holds a "Spontaneous Demonstration". It's designed to commemorate the making of "Animal Farm". To begin we march in a ridiculus military
The first clue towards the development of the pigs’ character was the example with the apples and milk. The pigs had taken the apples and milk, claiming that “it is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples,” and that “(this has been proved by Science, comrades) these contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig.” However, they had deceived the animals, fooling them with the illusion that they were doing this for them, whereas, they were just consuming
When the pigs gain power they start to organize committees throughout the farm. They also position the animals for labor work and basically act as a congress. This allows them to be passive making others do all of the work. They have a wide variety of knowledge to brainwash the animals into thinking the
Humans steal, whether it be something materialistic, like a pen or subjective, like someone’s time. The pigs showed this characteristic and stole many things. Napoleon stole the lives from the animals he got the dogs to slaughter. He stole Snowball’s Windmill idea. The pigs stole other animals privileges, the equines lost most of their free time as they spent hours labouring , building the windmill. Because of what they stole, the pigs gained more power and ended up stealing from each other. This isn’t what happens in a socialist society, so it became clear that because of this it would not work out in a correct manner.
From the very beginning, Napoleon and the pigs take charge and make the other animals do the work for them, while the pigs just supervise. In chapter three, when they begin working on plowing the fields, the pigs do not do anything other than tell the others what to do, “The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the other” (20). The pigs, from the very start of animal farm, took charge and only directed and told others what to do. They solidified their positions as leader’s right at the beginning of the farm. Also, at the end of the book, the pigs, to show their leadership, carry whips around to make sure the work gets done, “After that it did not seem strange when next day the pigs who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters” (92). Since the creation of the farm the pigs started to slowly present the fact that they would take charge, and in the beginning when they were nice about it no one argued with them. By the end though, the animals finally realized what had happened, but by then it was too late for them to do anything about it. Admittedly, Napoleon and the rest of the pigs are greedy because they take all the extra food and make the others work like slaves, but that does not make them ineffective in the ways they make the animals work. Napoleon showed his effectiveness as a
He gave the pigs special privileges. They did not have to work as much and they got to drink alcohol. Napoleon feeds the pigs extra and the rest of the animals on the farm only have enough to survuve.They started acting just like humans and the other animals on the farm could not tell the pigs apart from the men. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which” (Orwell 141). Napoleon only caring about the pigs and himself shows how power corrupts.
Knowledge is the primary form of power that the pigs have and take advantage of. Towards the beginning of the book this is shown when the pigs create a society in which they are superior because of their intellect: "but the pigs were so clever that they could think of a way round every difficulty. As for the horses, they knew every inch of the field, and in fact understood the business of mowing and raking far better than Jones and his men had ever done. The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership." (pg. 27) This shows that the power is distributed unevenly, and the pigs have much more because they are not working and think that they are above that. the pigs not working shows their selfish and deceptive side, and that they are trying to say they should not have to work because of their superior knowledge. The pigs gained
The pigs as we know by now, were the best educated but they gradually demoralise through the novel. ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’. This quote for me
In chapter 7 Napoleon began punishing and executing the animals who he believed to be traitors, by forcing them to confess to “crimes” that they committed. Through this, it is obvious that although the pigs goal is to keep humans out of animal farm, and make sure that the animals are safe, it is causing a sense of fear and terror in the animals. This also shows how the animals have no freedom of
of the fact that if they hindered education and knowledge from other animals, they (pigs) would
In the Haitian Revolution the end result was good. The Haitians revolted against their masters in 1791 and were independent and master free by 1804. They had fought long and hard and finally got their independence and are still a free country to this day. In the book Animal Farm, the story does not have such a happy ending. The animals in Animal Farm revolt against their human owners and lead a successful revolution. But they assign the wrong leaders. The pigs in the book are assigned as leaders of the farm and nobody really questions them. The pigs begin to change the rules and take all of the good food for themselves. The pigs have begun to enforce themselves with a band of vicious dogs that kill any animal that is considered to be a traitor. The animals are working harder and for less than they did with the original farmers. The pigs have become corrupt and are practically just as bad, if not worse than, the farmers were. The pigs made the animals back into slaves and the animals didn’t even notice it
The pigs were able to bend the animals at their will with simple words, empty promises of more food and early retirement kept the animals doing more and receiving less while the leaders did less and received more. Another example of the leaders making the farm miserable would be squealer using propaganda. According to the text “ “There were times when it seemed to the animals that they worked longer hours and fed no better than they had done in Jones’s day. On Sunday mornings Squealer... would read out to them the lists of figures proving that the production of every class of foodstuff had increased by two hundred per cent, three hundred per cent, or five hundred per cent, as the case may be. The animals saw no reason to disbelieve him, especially as they could no longer remember very clearly what conditions had been like before the rebellion” ( Orwell 92). The leaders began to think for the followers altering their thoughts so they would never be suspicious of the leaders.
With the pigs being the most intelligent throughout all the animals, they see this role of taking leadership and as they exercise the idea more and experiment it a little, the results they see delight them. They keep at this task of taking charge but at the same time of the pigs thinking the power they are receiving is to their advantage, it is more have an effect and evidence of future corruption due to how they are using their power. With the fellow animals collaborating the idea of fair treatment of respect and equality, the pigs are starting to become
In the beginning, everyone was treated as an equal, but slowly you see the Napoleon's ego grow and the work load of the other animals increases. The fairness that was provided in the start of the book begins to be taken away, but the animals remain loyal to the pigs and believe that its the best for the farm The quote on page 77 illustrates this perfectly, "Meanwhile life was hard. The winter was as cold as the last one had been, and food was even shorter. Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs. A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism. In any case he had no difficulty in proving to the other animals that they were not in reality short of food, whatever the appearances might be. For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations (Squealer always spoke of it as a "readjustment," never as a "reduction"), but in comparison with the days of Jones, the improvement was enormous." This shows the kind of leader that Napoleon is for the farm. He constantly puts his own needs before the needs of the animals that work so hard for the farm to survive. Napoleon and the pigs used there larger intellect to trick the animals into thinking that getting less food and more work was a good thing and that it was still better than working for the