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What motto does Old Major give the animals in Animal Farm?

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iplaya | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2008 at 1:19 AM via web

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What motto does Old Major give the animals in Animal Farm?

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nrambe | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM (Answer #14)

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Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever has four legs or wings is a friend.

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM (Answer #16)

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All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 21, 2008 at 2:54 AM (Answer #1)

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'All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.'

The simplistic attitude of Old Major shows that the concept of communism is indeed difficult to put into practice, as the farm animals will soon learn:

"...we are deluding ourselves if we think we are closer to those revolutionary ideas of justice, brotherhood, and equality than were the citizens of Stalinist Russia."

"...such descent from idealism to totalitarianism is inevitable in any violent revolution."

 - from 'Historical Setting for Orwell's Animal Farm'

   in enotes' 'Animal Farm Essays and Criticism'

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted August 22, 2008 at 4:02 AM (Answer #3)

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What is interesting is that all this works out quite differently in the end.  In the final chapter, the term "comrade" as a way for the animals to address each other is forbidden, and the "pigs" have taken on all the characteristics of the "men" who were enemies.  So the animals final state may be worse than their first.  They have new leaders who could care less about them, and they have been forbidden to be comrades to each other.  History may be a circle, but in their case it seems to be a descending spiral.

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fishman | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 5, 2011 at 10:31 AM (Answer #5)

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"all men are enemies. All animals are comrades"

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kwimac | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM (Answer #6)

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According to Animal Farm Written by George Orwell on page 6 and 7,

" All men are enemies. All Animals are comrades."

" Whatever goes upon two legs, is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend."

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princessblue | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM (Answer #7)

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they should be united and no one should be above other animals.

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raf1820 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:34 AM (Answer #8)

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he gave the seven commandments

 

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izzylilan | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 19, 2011 at 6:11 AM (Answer #9)

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he gave them ideas....

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b3tti3 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 13, 2011 at 3:24 AM (Answer #10)

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well first of all napoleon is very greety nd wants to destroy animal farm nd then he tries to pik it bak up nd his motto is ''all humans are enemies and all animals are comrades'' but he breaks that motto when he makes a treaty with the humans to sell timber.

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foshka | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 9, 2011 at 9:46 PM (Answer #11)

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all humans are enimes

all animals should not be like humans but the irony is that they already uses human characterstic such as talking and such as writing the 7 commandements .

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM (Answer #12)

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All animals are equal

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cupcakegirl123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM (Answer #13)

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4 legs good, 2 legs bad

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jeremydodson | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM (Answer #15)

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Four legs good. Two legs bad.

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givingiswinning | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM (Answer #17)

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All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

 
 
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shaleek | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2009 at 7:16 AM (Answer #4)

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What motto does Major give the animals?

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