Please list the three types of rumours in Chapter 7 of "Animal Farm."

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beckytkm eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Animal Farm is filled with rumors and innuendos.  There are several examples of this in chapter 7.  One example is the rumors spread by the outside world, such as the rumors that the animals had resorted to cannibalism and infanticide when food supplies ran short.  Another example of rumor in chapter 7 is information originating on the farm and spreading outward, such as the ruse designed to convince Mr. Whymper and the outside world that there was no food shortage on the farm.  A third type of rumor is information originating on the farm and designed to control the farm animals--the most glaring example of this is the constant use of scare tactics to keep the animals in line by telling them that Snowball is in league with the humans, and in fact has been in league with them from the beginning.

juliahenderson | Student

Rumours and innuendo's are completely different things. Rumours are more explicit and get straight to the point whereas innuendo's have a hidden meaning and have an underlying purpose. Are you on drugs? ^^ beckytkm?

lit24 | Student

1. The rumours spread by the humans: They spread the rumour that the animals were dying of famine and disease and that "the animals were continually fighting among themselves and had  resorted to cannibalism and infanticide."

2. The rumours spread by Napoleon to counteract the rumours spread by the humans: During Mr. Whymper's weekly visits some of the animals, especially the sheep, were instructed by Napoleon to remark casually and spread the rumour that their rations had been increased. Mr. Whymper was deceived and he "continued to report to the outside world that there was no food shortage on Animal Farm."

3. The rumours concerning Snowball: It was rumoured that "he was hiding in one of the neighbouring farms, either Foxwood or Pinchfield" and that he was the cause for anything untoward that hapened on Animal Farm: "whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Sowball."