In Animal Farm by George Orwell, do any of the pigs make creative speeches?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Well, this eNotes Educator has to admit that your question is sort of cryptic, but I think I can help you create a suitable answer that will be suitable to submit to your teacher in completion of this project. (The only exception would be if you are supposed to create a new creative speech of your own.  No eNotes Educator is able to help you there.)  In reality, there is no need to go outside of the book itself to find creativity from the animals. Napoleon (and the other pigs) are perfect examples.

Apart from the creativity of the seven commandments themselves, it is the revision to them that is even more creative on the part of the pigs. Let’s take a look at a few of the revisions:

   No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.

   No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.

   No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

You see, Napoleon is busy abusing his power and, therefore, he had to create a way for him to be able to have precisely what he wanted. Napoleon is happy to sleep on a “bed,” albeit not one with sheets upon it while the other animals do not. Napoleon is also happy to indulge in the use of alcohol, and who is to question whether his usage is excessive or not? Further, Napoleon has no problem at all sending animals into exile or killing them (especially through work and for good reason) if it suits his purposes.

One also has to admit that Napoleon is very creative in creating a catch-phrase for the unintelligent among the animals. The commandments are too much for poor Clover. She simply has a hard time remembering them. Napoleon creatively helps her out with a shortened version:

Four legs good, two legs bad!

How convenient for Napoleon and the other pigs that a simple streak of creativity like that can lead to easy following members such as poor, uneducated Clover.

In conclusion, the irony is that in revising the commandments, the pigs become even more like the two-legged men that they despise so much. They must get creative so as not to make it seem so. Luckily, with animals like Clover around, there is no reason for them to be worried. Coming up with a simple phrase for the under-educated to remember is enough.

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