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ballistic-bai... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2009 at 11:26 PM via web

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In Chapter 7 of "Animal Farm", what is Napoleon's REAL reason for banning the song "Beasts of England"?

At the end of chapter 7, Napoleon gets Squealer to tell the other animals that they aren't allowed to sing "Beasts of England" anymore. He gives them a reason, but it is not his REAL reason. I need to know why he is really banning the song.

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 14, 2009 at 11:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Napoleon wants to "squelch" the incitation to protestation and rebellion. He would rather convince the animals that they have presently achieved their goals so that they can get down to the business of hard (and servile) work. Through Squealer, he would like for the farm animals to get used to the new "rules" and status quo of the community. which include unconditional and blind loyalty to the "cause" and acceptance of the new hierarchy of leadership.

By threatening them also with the eventuality of Jones returning, Squealer would condition the animals to accept the terms of self-sacrifice and even subservience without question. Most accept these terms (Think of Boxer's proverbs "Napoleon is always right" and "I will work harder." ) while others disagree. However, the dissident members of the farm don't get away with their "insurrection" and the political purges (along with some executions) start.

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conradwee99 | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM (Answer #2)

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The song, "Beasts of England" is all about being free and having freedom. This song was sung to encourage the animals when they rebelled against Mr Jones, in hope of more freedom and being better treated. Apparently, they were not treated better after the rebellion. Even the milk and apples were not given to them while during Mr Jones time, it was mixed in their mesh. So, after the rebellion, under Napoleon rule, the animals did not fare better but worse. Hence, Napoleon was afraid that while the animals were singing Beasts of England, they might rebell as they feel that they are not getting what they thought they would when they rebelled against Mr Jones. Napoleon wanted to hold onto his leasdership position and hence abolished the song "Beasts of England" so that the animals now slowly forget the promises they were promised when they rebelled against Mr Jones.

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