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In Animal Farm, what are the commandments does Old Major give to the animals? How might...

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mjsingh | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM via web

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In Animal Farm, what are the commandments does Old Major give to the animals? How might each be considered a vice?

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itsmrd | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 15, 2010 at 2:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Commandment #1: Whatever goes on two legs is an enemy. Men go on two legs and they abuse and take advantage of animals. If an animal doesn't treat men as enemies, they are allowing harming of fellow animals. #2: Whatever goes on four legs or has wings is a friend. All animals (who have four legs or wings), are mistreated by people in some way, so animals should work and live together as friends. Otherwise, they won't be able to overcome man's oppression. #3 No animal shall wear clothes. Wearing clothes is a sign of vanity (showing off). #4 No animal shall sleep in a bed. Beds are a luxury for rich and lazy men, not for animals. #5 No animal shall drink alcohol. Alcohol impairs judgment and interferes with the desire to work. #6 No animal shall kill another animal. If they do, they are no better than people. #7 All animals are equal. If some think they are superior, then they are thinking and acting like men.

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