Why don't the pigs like the pet raven Moses' stories about Sugarcandy Mountain in Animal Farm?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Moses, the tame raven and pet of Mr. Jones--and the author's symbol of organized religion in Animal Farm--is the only animal not present during Old Major's speech that inspires the revolution of the animals. Moses's stories about Sugarcandy Mountain, where

... it was Sunday seven days a week, clover was in season all year round, and lump sugar and linseed cake grew on the hedges...

contradict the pigs' beliefs that hard work and dedication will prevail on the farm. Moses also refuses to do any work, and he leaves the farm whenever the inclination arises. However, later in the story, the pigs recognize that Moses's lies of this fantasy world just beyond the clouds serve as a means of keeping the animals' spirits high during their days of hard work. The pigs allow Moses to stay, preaching his promise of the good life not so very far away, and they even provide him with a ration of beer each day.

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kmj23 | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In Animal Farm, the pigs do not like Moses' stories about Sugarcandy Mountain because they serve as a distraction from daily life on the farm. According to Moses in Chapter Two, Sugarcandy Mountain is a place where clover grows "all year round" and "lump sugar" can be found on the hedges. It is, therefore, very different to the farm because there is no work and no need for rations.

Stories about Sugarcandy Mountain emerge again in Chapter Nine when life on the farm is very hard for the animals and Napoleon has assumed the position of totalitarian leader. This suggests that the animals are in dire need of a utopia to believe in because they are so dissatisfied with life under Napoleon. At this stage in the book, Sugarcandy Mountain becomes a threat to the pigs because it poses a threat to the animals' loyalty. Ironically, however, the pigs allow Moses to remain on the farm and even give him a daily ration of beer. 


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