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by George Orwell

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How does ignorance add or lead to the social and political oppression in George Orwell's book Animal Farm?

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In Animal Farm, ignorance is directly responsible for the social and political oppression experienced by the animals. Remember that the pigs are widely accepted and regarded as the most intelligent animals on the farm. They are literate, for example, and use their knowledge to oversee the planning of the Revolution.

After Mr. Jones is removed, the pigs, particularly Napoleon, use their knowledge to begin a program of oppression. Consider, for example, when the pigs begin mixing the milk and apples into their mash, instead of sharing it with the others. Squealer justifies this action by claiming...

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Ignorance is an important element in Orwel s Animal Farm.Reading and writing are two things gave them ability to realize their rights   and seek to obtain it they make them self confident enough to control other animals .They have the awarness to transfere the prinsipals of the old Magor into concrete system.

Other hand, the ignorance and illitracy make the animals of the farm fellowers they fellow the pigs, trust them to live a better life.Illitracy make an animal such as boxer forgets his rights in equality and freedom and think only on working hard in the time the pigs work less and earn more. The pigs could misuse their ignoranse and gave up the seven commandments one after another.

Finally the community of animals lost their freedom, equality and justice

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