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What "commandment" does Old Major give to the animals in "Animal...

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

Posted December 5, 2008 at 9:47 PM via web

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What "commandment" does Old Major give to the animals in "Animal Farm"?

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everod | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2009 at 10:58 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 6, 2008 at 2:51 AM (Answer #2)

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During his speech to the animals, Old Major says,“All men are enemies.
All animals are comrades.” This is the beginning of the philosophy of Animalism. Later, Snowball and Napoleon will turn this principle into eight "commandments" of Animalism. Ironically, all eight commandment will be broken and changed during the course of the novel.

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