In "Animal Farm", how do the animals now feel about their social order and their farm?In "Animal Farm", how do the animals now feel about their social order and their farm?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One other thing to consider about the progression of peaks and valleys in the animals' opinion regarding "their" farm is that after battles, public executions, rebellions, and the natural passing of time, many of the animals who were instrumental in creating "Animal Farm" to begin with are now dead.  The ones like Clover, Boxer, and Benjamin who are still living are too old to fight as they once did. The animals who have come after them have no recollection of the original speech given by Old Major, nor do they recall or have any reason to doubt the validity of the commandments on the wall.  There is no one there to instruct them of the inequality in their "all animals are comrades" society.  They have always known the pigs live in the house and sleep in the beds and rule with an iron "fist," and so therefore do not question their living conditions.  Animals/people in similar situations do not know any different, and have no reason to rise up in rebellion.  So, in the end of the book, it makes no difference to these newcomers that the term "comrade," the marching past the boar's skull, and the flag has been suppressed or changed.  Why would they consider refuting the name of the farm from "Animal Farm" to "Manor Farm"?  All they know is that "All Animals are equal, but some Animals are more equal than others".   

lam123 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Which part in the book are you reading? The question really could be answered in many ways depending on what section you are on. If the farm has just been "liberated", then the animals are feeling confident that their new order will be much more beneficial to their well-being. Towards the ending of the book the animals are confused, feeling used, and are dissenting in their hearts but know that the pigs have too much power.

pavinyaa | Student

What word in the second paragraph is used by Orwell in a heavily ironic way to show that Napoleon is becoming more dictatorial?

navyblue275 | Student

I am sure the farm animals feel good about their new farm because they all have more field to run in,more grass to eat. The owner probably likes it because the animals are in the country and they wont get shot as much as what they did backin the old days...


lit24 | Student

Orwell's "Animal Farm" (1944) is an allegorical satire on the Russian Revolution in which the Communists overthrew the harsh rule of the Tsarist monarchy, only to soon become more cruel and dictatorial than the Tsar himself.

In Ch.II all the animals are so excited that they have chased out Mr.Jones and have got the entire farm for themselves. But gradually Napoleon takes control of the entire farm and becomes a dictator after driving out Snowball. By Ch.VI The ruling coterie no longer works while "all that year the animals worked like slaves." By Ch.VII a rebellion breaks out but it is brutally crushed by Napoleon. For the first time dissatisfaction is expressed by the other animals who "were shaken and miserable" at seeing animals killing animals. The downward slide continues and at the end of the novel the animals find themselves back at square one, "Animal Farm" had become "Manor Farm" and it was difficult to distinguish pig from man:"the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and  and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which."

Power structures might change but man's greed for power will always remain the same.