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What did the flag that Snowball designed for the farm look like in Animal Farm?

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storvick14 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:00 AM via iOS

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What did the flag that Snowball designed for the farm look like in Animal Farm?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Snowball designs the flag as a green background with a white hoof and horn logo.

The animals celebrate their new lifestyle with a flag-hoisting ceremony every Sunday.

Snowball had found in the harness-room an old green tablecloth of Mrs. Jones's and had painted on it a hoof and a horn in white. (ch 3)

Snowball says that the green background symbolizes the fields of England, and the hoof and horn logo symbolize the brotherhood of the animals and how they are working together.

In the beginning, they run the flag up and sing “Beasts of England.”  The animals pass by the skill of Old Major in a reverent manner.  Eventually, they eliminate the song and the flag becomes plain green.  This is the point when Animal Farm is no longer equal.

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kipling2448 | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 26, 2015 at 2:57 PM (Answer #2)

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In Chapter Three of George Orwell's Animal Farm, the animals have successfully taken over the farm from Mr. Jones, who had grown too exhausted, bitter, poor and inebriated to run the premises.  Once in control of the farm, the animals immediately set in motion their preconceived model for the more just society they had envisioned while iving under the tyrannical yoke of the humans. Sundays were an exception to the regular workweek, now, with everybody given the day-off and a weekly ceremony held.  It was on Sunday mornings, then, that Snowball would hoist the flag he had fashioned from an old tablecloth.  Orwell describes the scene as follows:

"Snowball had found in the harness-room an old green tablecloth of Mrs. Jones’s and had painted on it a hoof and a horn in white. This was run up the flagstaff in the farmhouse garden every Sunday 8, morning. The flag was green, Snowball explained, to represent the green fields of England, while the hoof and horn signified the future Republic of the Animals."

As Orwell's narrative notes, the flag is symbolic of the animals who now control their own destiny, with the cloth's original color, green, serving to symbolize the agricultural basis of the new existence.

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