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What was Old Major's dream mostly about?

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shanna-na | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:08 PM via web

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What was Old Major's dream mostly about?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Old Major's dream (found in Chapter 1) is about freedom for the animals.

He tells all the other animals that his dream was about a time when there would no longer be human beings.  When this happens, animals will be free from oppression.

The vision he has for this future is summed up in the song "Beasts of England."  In the song, he talks about how animals will no longer be controlled by rings in their noses or by men with whips.  Instead, they will be free to enjoy all the things that nature gives.

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jdslinky | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 20, 2010 at 1:11 AM (Answer #2)

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Old Major's dream was mostly about an ideal lifestyle: he says, "It was a dream of the earth as it will be when Man has vanished," (32). It was also reminiscent of a time in his life when things were easier and most certainly happier, as is made evident by his sudden memory of the words to the long-forgotten song, "Beasts of England." This dream is the main reason for the persuasive speech and call to action he delivers to all the animals on the farm shortly before his death.

Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Inc. 1946.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 20, 2010 at 3:13 AM (Answer #3)

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Old Major desires to have the animals no longer serve as slaves to man but rather have the freedom to work for themselves.  He dreams about an animal socialist society that will allow all the animals to live with adequate food and resources that they have earned themselves. He believes that no animal had ever been happy under man's rule and that should end in order that animals can know happiness.

Old Major dreams about the animals engaging in a revolution against the farmer so that they can be their own bosses over the farm.  He believes that they will be able to grow enough food to enable other animals to live on the farm/.  By doing this he wants them to be able to control their own fate.

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