All seven commandments are erased. What is the new commandment, and how has it been true from the beginning?

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

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By the end of George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, the final revision of the commandments reads "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OHERS." The pigs have always considered themselves "more equal" than the other animals: They took control from the start, allowed themselves more food, less work and better living conditions. They eventually moved into the house, slept in the beds, drank liquor and began wearing clothing. They considered themselves more intelligent and proved that it was true by continuously convincing the others that it was all for the betterment of the farm. Finally, the pigs became indistinguishable from the humans with whom they did business.

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At the end of the book, in Chapter 10, there is only one commandment left.  It is

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

This has always been true because the pigs and, to some extent, the dogs, have always been "more equal" than the other animals.

Throughout the story, the pigs have enjoyed more privileges than anyone else.  All the leaders have been pigs.  The pigs, for example, have been the ones who got to have all the milk whereas it used to be given to the hens.  In addition, the pigs get all the apples.

Things like that show that the pigs have always gotten more than their fair share.

 

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The new Commandment is that "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS." This has been true from the beginning of Animal Farm because Snowball, Napoleon, and the other pigs have always held privileged positions on the farm. They can read and write better than any of the other animals on the farm, many of whom can't read at all. At first, Snowball and Napoleon also control all the proposals put forward during the debates on the farm, and none of the other animals make proposals.

The pigs also claim the cozy harness room for themselves, and they receive the best food on the farm--milk for their mash and windfall apples. Squealer, also a pig, explains to the other animals that the pigs deserve the best food because "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us." The pigs constantly maintain that they deserve better than the other animals, and they scare the other animals into agreeing with them because they claim that if they weren't in control, Jones would come back to the farm. However, the other animals do most of the hard work on the farm, while the pigs claim the best position and perks for themselves. This commandment has therefore been true since the beginning of the animals' takeover of the farm.

 

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