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In Animal Farm, Old Major makes a political speech. What is the main idea of what he says to the animals?

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In making his barnstorming speech to the animals, Old Major is hoping to inspire them to rebellion against the hated human oppressor. He wants the animals to recognize their innate dignity, to understand that they're so much better than they think they are.

Through his in-depth theoretical analysis of the situation, Old Major has come to understand just how vital it is that the animals develop a revolutionary consciousness: that they see themselves as more than capable of taking hold of their own destiny and running the farm by themselves. He also knows that it is only through a vanguard of dedicated revolutionaries such as himself that the animals can be led towards a true understanding of what's in their best interests. His speech is explicitly designed for this very...

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