How well did the animals work together in Animal Farm? Why is that so?

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andrewnightingale | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Soon after the Rebellion, the animals were exhilarated by their new-found freedom and were prepared to do everything in their power to make a success of the farm. They were prepared to assist each other in every possible way for they now had a common purpose and would be doing everything for themselves and not some harsh and uncaring master. The farm was now theirs and they could control it and do as they wish.

The spirit of comradeship that originated before the Rebellion, had now found a practical application and gave the animals a common purpose. This, in itself, led to their functioning more as a unit than ever before. They were enthusiastic about what they had achieved and what they could still achieve. Their dystopian existence had become a utopia and they were driven to achieve success.

Since they were bound to one another in a collective goal, it was easy for the animals to work together. They had faith in each other's abilities and trusted that each would do the best according to his or her talents. It is for this reason that it became easy to trust the pigs and allow them to take over the leadership of the farm. The pigs, being the cleverest of all the animals, were entrusted with the duty of supervising and planning all the other animals' activities. Although they did not perform any physical labor, they were trusted unreservedly and their decision-making was respected. 

It is ironic, however, that the general animal populace's trust in the pigs would later have a negative outcome. This trust, and the pigs' superiority, would lead to them claiming privileges not offered to the other animals. This was foreshadowed by the disappearance of the nine buckets of milk and the windfall apples which the pigs later claimed was brain food which would ensure the proper running of the farm and prevent Jones' return. 

In addition, Napoleon got rid of Snowball and, through a ruthless purge, executed all the other animals who later confessed to having secretly assisted Snowball after his expulsion in his attempts to overthrow the farm. These acts gave Napoleon almost unlimited power and he became a tyrant, ruling through fear and propaganda. The animals were, then, in an even worse situation than they had been under Jones' rule.

Although the situation on the farm had taken such a dramatic turn, the animals still worked extremely hard and hardly ever complained. They were constantly tired, hungry and miserable but slaved away anyway. Their resolve to work together is most aptly illustrated by the building of the windmill. The work was hard and tedious, but they pushed on. Boxer became a symbol of strength and dedication, epitomized by his slogan, 'I will work harder.'

The animals were driven to work together because they believed that, even though life was tough, they were masters of their own destiny and were not being exploited by some selfish, greedy human. They were, therefore, prepared to make the sacrifices which, they believed, were in the interests of all concerned. The pigs' contribution still consisted of managing the farm by filling in forms and supervising, as it had been from the outset. At the same time, the pigs lived lives of luxury, having moved into the house, wearing clothes and adopting human characteristics and behaviour.

This state of affairs reached its climax when Boxer, the most loyal and dedicated of all the animals, was sent to his doom when the pigs sold him to the knacker when he fell ill. This was a ruthlessly cynical act and the animals were led to believe that the poor workhorse had died peacefully and had whispered in his last message that the animals should move forward in the name of the Rebellion and that 'Napoleon is always right." Even after this horrendously brutal act, the general animal populace still worked together, as hard as ever.

In the final analysis then, it was, at this stage the animals' gullibility, their fear for Napoleon and his dogs, the constant propaganda, lies and deceit and their belief in a greater good, that virtually compelled the animals to work together and all for what? So that the pigs could sustain their lives of privilege and behave, ironically, even worse than their previous oppressive master and his men had done. In the end, they could not even distinguish pig from human. 


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Animals continue to work together throughout the novel, at moments building up real solidarity, such as when Boxer dies and is sent off.  Cats and rats do not get along, however, and at one point Mollie leaves because the others resent her bourgeois vanity. Significantly, Snowball is forced to leave by Napoleon because he disagrees with him. Following this, Napoleon makes Snowball the scapegoat for all the bad things that transpire on the far. They get along because they have subscribed to the idelogogy of "animalism," because they know the consequences of questioning (the dogs will attack them), and because they become so tired they do not have the energy to protest, because they cannot read or write and are easily persuaded by Squealer, and because they remain hungry as the story progresses, losing any energy for struggle.

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anxuanhuong | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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if it is in Chap3 so i would help you :)

 The animals were worked really hard in the farm. Each animal worked in their own jobs. The Pigs didn't do anything, but directed and supervised to other . Some of the animal also did extra work and some of them didn't do any thing but just waited for the meals.

In the end, the animals finished it the harvest in two days' less than it had usually done by Jones and his men.

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