At the conference with neighboring farmers, what new changes does Napoleon point out?

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the final chapter of Animal Farm, Napoleon invites a number of neighbouring farmers to "make a tour of inspection" around the farm and he uses this as an opportunity to publicise some of the changes that he has introduced. He has abolished the "rather foolish custom" of addressing each other as "Comrade," for example, and stopped the animals from marching past Old Major's skull each Sunday. This, he calls, a "strange custom." In addition, Napoleon has also removed the "white hoof and horn" from the farm's flag and has also changed the name of the farm to "The Manor Farm." This, he believes, is its "correct and original name."

That Napoleon refers to many of these customs as "strange" suggests that he is trying to distance himself from the animals and appear more like a human. It also shows that Napoleon has betrayed the principles of Animalism (which emphasise the hatred of animals towards humans) in return for absolute control.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you are talking about the conference that happens in Chapter 10.  In this conference, Napoleon points out to the neighboring (human) farmers that he has done a number of things that show that his farm is not nearly as radical as they think.  Therefore, he is saying, they should not worry about his farm.  The changes he points out include:

  • The animals no longer call each other "comrade."
  • He has taken down the boar's skull that the animals used to march past on Sundays.
  • He has changed the flag by taking off the hoof and horn
  • He has changed the name of the farm from Animal Farm back to Manor Farm.
menar | Student

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