In Chapter 10 of Animal Farm, are the animals to be admired, or pitied, for never giving up hope?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the animals are to be pitied more for never giving up hope. The animals had fought and worked for a "revolution" that replaced the tyrant Farmer Jones with another tyrant, Napoleon. When the animals looked into the house, they could not tell the pigs from the humans. The commandment" All animals are equal" had now changes to "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others." Thus, the pigs are the new aristocracy. Conditions on the farm have not improved; in fact in some cases they are worse. The biggest blow comes when the name "Animal Farm" is replaced with the original name "Manor Farm". Nothing has really changed and there is no hope things will change in the foreseeable future.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a difference between hope that is based on possibility, and hope that is based on things that have proven to be false. That the animals continue to have hope at that point in the book, is really sad. They cannot see the truth of what is happening. To persevere in the face of great adversity is to be admired, but that is not what is happening here. The animals are believing in things despite the evidence that is right in front of them; that is blind faith, and is to be pitied.