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ap234 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2010 at 7:08 AM via web

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All seven commandments are erased. What is the new commandment and how has it been true from the beginning?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2010 at 7:26 AM (Answer #1)

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By the end of George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, the final revision of the commandments reads "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OHERS." The pigs have always considered themselves "more equal" than the other animals: They took control from the start, allowed themselves more food, less work and better living conditions. They eventually moved into the house, slept in the beds, drank liquor and began wearing clothing. They considered themselves more intelligent and proved that it was true by continuously convincing the others that it was all for the betterment of the farm. Finally, the pigs became indistinguishable from the humans with whom they did business.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2010 at 7:20 AM (Answer #2)

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At the end of the book, in Chapter 10, there is only one commandment left.  It is

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

This has always been true because the pigs and, to some extent, the dogs, have always been "more equal" than the other animals.

Throughout the story, the pigs have enjoyed more privileges than anyone else.  All the leaders have been pigs.  The pigs, for example, have been the ones who got to have all the milk whereas it used to be given to the hens.  In addition, the pigs get all the apples.

Things like that show that the pigs have always gotten more than their fair share.

 

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