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pups | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2008 at 11:46 PM via web

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Describe the causes of the failure of the animals' rebellion to bring about an ideal society in "Animal Farm".

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:47 AM (Answer #1)

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The utopia which was the original purpose of the animal rebellion did not become a way of life because of greed, arrogance, and power.  The "pigs" decided by the end of the novel that they were "better than all the other animals." They became rich from the labor of the other animals on the farm.  Many of the original members of the rebellion were gone or dead and the pigs began acting more and more like the humans they said they hated.  By the end of the novel the cold, hungry, and overworked farm animals couldn't even tell the difference between the men and the pigs.  The constant desire for power, control, greed, and arrogance ruined the Utopian ideals.

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