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What pig replaced "Beasts Of England?"

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Posted July 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM via web

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What pig replaced "Beasts Of England?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 31, 2013 at 2:34 AM (Answer #1)

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Minimus is the pig credited with replacing "Beasts of England" with the new song about "Animal Farm."  While Minimus is credited with writing the new song, it is clear that Squealer had his hand in the construction of the new anthem.  In the wake of the terror caused by the executions, Squealer is the first to announce that "Beasts of England" will no longer be needed on the farm:

"'Beasts of  England' was the song of the Rebellion. But the Rebellion is now completed. The execution of the traitors this afternoon was the final act.  The enemy both external and internal has been defeated. In 'Beasts of England' we expressed our longing for a better society in days to come. But that society has now been established. Clearly this song has no longer any purpose."

For Squealer, the need to replace "Beasts of England" coincides with the need to consolidate Napoleon's power over the other animals.  In ensuring that the song which praises Animal Farm is sung, a new form of history is constructed in which memory is wiped out.  It is a selective vision of the truth that Squealer embraces in order to ensure that the pigs' control of Animal Farm is absolute and without question.  While Minumus is credited with the writing of the new song, Squealer had his hand in its construction.  Minimus replaces "Beasts of England" with "Animal Farm."  Squealer offers the rationale behind it and one can even surmise that he had a hand in commissioning the song to replace "Beasts of England." 

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