In "Animal Farm", how does Clover help the other animals at the meeting?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Chapter 6, Clover tries to help the other animals see the truth but she is frustrated in her attempts. The pigs move into the farmhouse and rumors spread that they are sleeping in beds. This would be a clear violation of the fourth commandment that "No animal shall sleep in a bed." Clover questions the change. However, Squealer changes the commandment to "No animal shall sleep in a bed without sheets." and Clover accepts his explanation.

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Easy,these guys got it all wrong.The two horses had just lain down when a brood of ducklings, which had lost their mother, filed into the barn, cheeping feebly and wandering from side to side to find some place where they would not be trodden on. Clover made a sort of wall round them with her great foreleg, and the ducklings nestled down inside it and promptly fell asleep.

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Clover, being a motherly mare was trying to help the other animals when rules and changes were made. When it was discovered the pigs moved into the farmhouse and were now sleeping in the beds, Clover questioned if they were breaking a rule.  She asked her friend, Muriel to read the commandment to her, as she was not able to read it herself.  Muriel proceeded to recite the Fourth Commandment to Clover, "No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets".  This puzzled Clover because she didn't remember the part about "with sheets", but wasn't confident enough to question it further; especially since she saw Squealer was approaching.  Squealer could see Clover was not completely satisfied with the issue, and tried to further explain the law, “The rule was against sheets, which are a human invention. We removed the sheets from the farmhouse beds, and sleep between blankets”.

This justification is another form of manipulation the pigs continually perform with the other animals.  By giving an answer, despite it being vague or twisted, the pigs were aware this would satisfy the other animals enough to where they would continue on with their lives and not trying to revolt against them.  By stating the pigs are only using blankets, makes the other animals feel like they are not comfortable and they are still sacrificing for the greater of the farm.  Also, they go on to make the other animals feel sorry for them because as the leaders and decision makers they should be able to rest, if not they will not be sharp-minded enough to make decision which would then in turn mean the return of Mr. Jones.  Because the other animals did not want the humans to return or be responsible for the downfall of the farm, they turned their heads to the changes once again.

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