Animal Farm by George Orwell exposes the weaknesses in any system, even one as apparently open and socialist in nature as the one which exists on the farm after the Rebellion. George Orwell reveals that the need for power has the capacity, ultimately, to destroy the good intentions of even a character like Snowball who is no match for the charismatic, manipulative and essentially immoral Napoleon.
The problems are evident from the beginning when it is necessary to define what it means to be equal because "Some animals are more equal than others." The animals do outline their rules, applicable to all animals, initially, in the form of their "Commandments," which support the concept of Animalism. Humans are evil and they are, "The only real enemy we have," and animals are forbidden from taking on any human characteristics. Old Major inspires the animals to believe they can uphold the commandments:
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend
- No animal shall wear clothes
- No animal shall sleep in a bed
- No animal shall drink alcohol
- No animal shall kill any other animal
- All animals are equal
Unfortunately, these ideals will gradually be replaced by other versions of the same, favoring the pigs and creating a situation not unlike the conditions before the Rebellion.