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Who reduces Animalism to the phrase "Four legs good, two legs bad"? Also, who teaches...

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yycloudsyy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM via web

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Who reduces Animalism to the phrase "Four legs good, two legs bad"? Also, who teaches the sheep to chant "Four legs good, two legs better"?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 24, 2010 at 10:18 AM (Answer #1)

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The answer to this question can be found very close to the beginning of Chapter 3.  The answer is that it is Snowball who comes up with this way of boiling down the commandments.  He says that if any animal could just remember this idea, they would be safe from being bad like the humans.

This sort of goes along with the idea in the beginning of this chapter that most of the animals were just too dumb to learn much.  Because they were too dumb, Snowball needed to make the commandments simpler so that everyone could understand them.

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leila22 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 21, 2012 at 1:07 AM (Answer #2)

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Snowball reduces the slogan to "Four legs good, two legs bad" because most of the animals on the farm were unintelligent and were not able to memorize all the commandments.

Since the pigs had learned to walk on their hind leg Squealer had the job to teach the pigs the slogan "Four legs good, two legs better" in order for the other animals to start beleiving in this statement also.

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