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What is the lesson contained in the final commandment; “all animals are equal but...

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madirox98 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2012 at 6:08 AM via web

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  1. What is the lesson contained in the final commandment; “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”?

This is a question from my english assignment I dont really understand whether it is talkingabout the lesson for the animals or the lesson for the reader. Help!

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 18, 2012 at 5:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The initial revolt came about because of the inequality between Mr. Jones and the animals ... the animals did all the work, and Jones received all the benefits (remember, that this is about a totalitarian government and we can replace Jones with "leader" and animals with "the people.")  One of the goals of the revolution is the equal distribution of the farm's profits among all the animals.  However, as the revolution "progresses," some animals (the pigs) rise to the top, and they replace Mr. Jones.  They look like him, act like him, and, although the original promise was equality for all, it is clear that they are only equal among themselves, but superior to all the other animals.  So we have two classes just as we had before ... and there are 2 "equalities."  Thus, some animals are more "equal" than others.

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