Homework Help

In what ways could each of the original commandments be considered as a vice in Animal...

user profile pic

seeyeeyong | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2009 at 5:14 PM via web

dislike 1 like

In what ways could each of the original commandments be considered as a vice in Animal Farm?

3 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 2, 2009 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 4 like

THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.

C1 places animals in perpetual conflict with humans and does not allow for humans who sympathise with animals rights and needs.

C2 assumes all animals are good and does not allow for animals who make trouble.

C3 and C4 clothes and beds are not 'wrong' they just represent human activity. Why shouldn't an animal wear a coat to keep warm?

user profile pic

bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 11, 2010 at 12:56 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 2 like

THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS OF ANIMAL FARM

  • Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  • Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  • No animal shall wear clothes.
  • No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  • No animal shall drink alcohol.
  • No animal shall kill any other animal.
  • All animals are equal.

The first commandment does not account for any humans who love animals or who may routinely treat them in a humane manner. The second commandment does not take into account the innate predatory nature of some animals--such as the fox's desire to kill a hen or rabbit, or a hawk's need to hunt for rodents. The third commandment disallows protective covering that might warm animals in the winter.  As for the fourth commandment, any spot that an animal may use for a night's sleep could be considered a bed. The fifth commandment is one that is probably best for the animals to follow, since there is really no good reason for an animal to drink alcohol. The sixth commandment defies nature's laws concerning the surival of the fittest; many wild animals exist solely on their ability to prey upon a weaker species. The alternative would be starvation and death. As for the final commandment, equality is a great rule for human existence, but it is not necessarily true of animals. Some animals are much stronger than others; some run faster; some, such as the chimpanzee, are much more intelligent; and older animals are wiser than their young.

user profile pic

littlemissloverz | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 5, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like

a. No animal is ever to live in a house. (Caring more about possessions) b. No animal is ever to sleep in a bed. (Becoming lazy-spending too much time in bed sleeping instead of working-luxury) c. No animal is ever to wear clothes. (Pride in appearance)

d. No animal is ever to drink alcohol. (Drinking to excess-forgetting duties) e. No animal is ever to smoke tobacco. (Ruining health, expensive habit) f. No animal is ever to touch money. (Money corrupts) g. No animal is ever to engage in trade. (Profit making)

h. No animal is ever to tyrannize his own kind. (Slavery) i. No animal must ever kill any other animal. (Murder) j. All animals are equal. (Competition is self-serving)

 

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes