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How does the last sentence in the book Animal Farm explain the change that has occurred...

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saedgerton | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM via web

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How does the last sentence in the book Animal Farm explain the change that has occurred on the farm?

LAST SENTENCE: "No question now what has happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which."

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM (Answer #1)

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The last sentence in the book Animal Farm is

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

This last line brings together the ideas that the pigs, who were able to take over possession and control of Animal Farm (eventually renaming it Manor Farm) have abandoned the principles of Animalism and have become so like the animals’ previous oppressors, human beings, that the animals can no longer tell the difference between them.

This illustrates Orwell’s themes that power tends to corrupt those who wield it, and that governments, when they are not checked by an educated and critical citizenry, will tend to become totalitarian.

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