How do the farmers try to discredit what is happening in Animal Farm?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although the farmers of the surrounding farms were "thoroughly frightened by the rebellion on Animal Farm," they tried to put up a brave front. Jones complained about the injustice of the animals taking over his property, but the other farmers "pretended to laugh" about the idea of animals successfully running a farm. They claimed the rebellion would be over shortly, and that the animals were feuding among themselves and starving to death. After a time, when they saw that the farm was flourishing, they talked about the "terrible wickedness" going on there--cannibalism, torture and rape. The whole rebellion was "against the laws of Nature."

teacher2011 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The neighboring farmers spread falsified stories about the animals. The claimed the animals tortured each other with read hot horseshoes, ate each other, and the male animals shared the female animals. The farmers assumed the rebellion would fail and the animals would starve, but over time they did not. Animals throughout the land took up singing “Beasts of England”. If they were caught, the humans would beat them; however, the song was impossible to stop due to birds carry on the song as they whistled. The farmers’ inability to stop the song made them fearful of possible rebellions similar to Manor Farm’s.