In George Orwell's Animal Farm, what are two human rituals (traditions) that the animals use to celebrate their victory?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 4, Mr. Jones and his men attempt to retake the farm and the animals successfully repel their attack. In the battle, Snowball valiantly leads the animals against Mr. Jones and his men, and several animals suffer injuries during the skirmish. Following the attack, the animals assemble and immediately begin singing Beasts of England as they raise the flag up the pole. The animals then engage in two human rituals following the sheep's funeral. The animals unanimously decide to create the military decorations "Animal Hero, First Class," which is presented to Snowball and Boxer, and "Animal Hero, Second Class," which is posthumously granted to the dead sheep. The second human tradition the animals create is the establishing of two holidays. The first holiday is to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Cowshed, which will be celebrated every October twelfth. The second holiday will take place on Midsummer Day to commemorate the anniversary of the Rebellion. On both holidays, a gun will be fired at the Flagstaff to honor and remember those two significant events.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After the Battle of the Cowshed in Chapter 4, the animals in Animal Farm celebrate their victory by having a spontaneous celebration in which they sing "Beasts of England" and run the flag up the flagpole. The sheep who was felled in the battle is also given a funeral.

They then establish two rituals. First, they create a military honor called "Animal Hero, First Class," which they give to Snowball and Boxer. The decoration, which the honorees wear on Sundays and holidays, is a brass medal the animals had discovered in the harness room. The sheep who was killed in battle receives the distinction of "Animal Hero, Second Class." Second, they find Mr. Jones's gun and place it at the foot of the flagpole and decide to fire it twice a year to commemorate the Battle of the Cowshed (on October 12) and to mark the anniversary of the Rebellion (on Midsummer Day). These honors are reminiscent of the way in which the Soviets marked military victories.

renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After the battle, they hold a ceremony to honor the military heroes. Snowball and boxer are given medals for their courage and victory. A sheep is honored posthumously for his effort, and given a medal.

They also use the gun to shoot , much like a fireworks display, and decide to do this every year on the anniversary of this battle, and of their rebellion.