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What is significant about how the animals arrange themselves as they gather to hear Major?

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pinkprecious | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2007 at 6:58 AM via web

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What is significant about how the animals arrange themselves as they gather to hear Major?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 8, 2007 at 7:22 AM (Answer #1)

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The pigs are at the front, foreshadowing their status as the more "important" and superior of the animals. Clover is watching over the lost ducklings, and the other animals are pushing and struggling to get a place.

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 8, 2007 at 8:28 PM (Answer #2)

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Significantly, Old Major speaks on "a sort of raised platform" above the other animals, immediately undermining by virtue of his physical position the equality about which he will speak. In addition, it is also important that even though at first there is some order to the gathering, pigs in one place, ducks in another and so on, very quickly that order collapses as  "the dogs suddenly chase the rats," giving lie to the comradeship Old Major speaks about so eloquently.  

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