In Animal Farm, how do the weekly meetings change on the farm changed from the beginning of the story to the end?

The weekly meetings in Animal Farm change from being open and democratic to narrowly showcasing the pigs’ accomplishments and goals. As Napoleon gains dominance over Snowball, the meetings are confined to approving pre-determined plans. After he has Snowball chased off the farm, Napoleon abolishes the meetings.

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The novel Animal Farm reveals numerous changes on the farm after the animals take over from Farmer Jones. At first, everyone is excited to participate in running the farm, as the regard it as a welcome change from the oppressive servitude that Jones, a human being, imposed on the animals. Weekly meetings, which are held on Sundays, are initially democratic occasions when any animal can present their ideas.

It soon becomes apparent that some of the animals are more invested than others in the farm’s administration and success. The pigs take on a leadership role, and among them, Napoleon and Snowball present competing perspectives. During the week, the pigs prepare resolutions and proposals, which are apparently open to debate. At the Sunday meetings, when the two leaders present their ideas, Snowball is initially more popular and persuasive. Rather than all the animals voicing their own opinions, they are limited to choosing among the options that the pigs present. This rapidly devolves into their rubber-stamping the pigs’ proposals.

As Napoleon becomes jealous of Snowball’s popularity, he not only develops more ideas of his own—which he submits for popular ratification—but takes credit for the other pig’s ideas. After Snowball is forced to flee, pursued by Napoleon’s fierce dogs, Napoleon announces that the meetings will be discontinued.

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