How do Napoleon's actions of manipulating the commandments for his own benefit affect the animals in terms of control?So, does Napoleon, by changing the commandments around, such as 'no animals...

How do Napoleon's actions of manipulating the commandments for his own benefit affect the animals in terms of control?

So, does Napoleon, by changing the commandments around, such as 'no animals shall drink alcohol' to 'no animals shall drink alcohol to excess" effect the animals, in terms of control?

Basically, anything that links control with changing the commandments, please!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Every time Napoleon changes one of the commandments, he takes more control.  For example, when he changes the commandments about sleeping in a bed to add “with sheets” it might seem as though he is not really taking control, but if you think about it he is enabling himself to sleep in the house, the symbol of man, and be more comfortable.  It puts him above everyone else.  The same is true for the fifth commandment, which allows him to drink.  This also contributes to the gluttony of the pigs.

In chapter 8, the commandment “No animal shall kill any other animal” changes to add the words “with cause,” allowing Napoleon to rule by fear.  Finally, they eliminate the commandments altogether:

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL

BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

With this commandment, Napoleon can control all of the pigs’ actions.  He has complete control of the farm, and is indistinguishable from the other animals.

 

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Napoleon basically is really hungry for power, and changes the seven commandments to fit the pigs need!

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