Are there any explanations why the animals confessed to being traitors in "Animal Farm"?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several reasons why the animals might confess to having been traitors. First and most simply, they may actually have betrayed the farm, or wanted to. By the time the mass confessions started in Chapter VII, there's a lot to not like about the farm—reasons to be disloyal. They may also simply be tired of all the hard work. There are, though, two more important explanations. They may have been caught up in the groupthink mindset, carried along by the political slogans. Most likely, though, is that Orwell was making an analogy with what actually happened under Stalin, and taking his inspiration from history.