What is an example of non-sequitur fallacy in Animal Farm?

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In George Orwell's fable, Animal Farm, there are several non-sequitur arguments; that is, arguments in which a conclusion does not follow logically after the initial statement. Here are s few examples:

  • In Chapter 1, the old Major makes sweeping generalizations and utters some non-sequiturs.  He tells the animals,

"Only get rid of Man, and the produce ouf our laboour would be our own.  Amost overnight we could become rich and free."

  •  In Chapter 3, some of the animals struggle with learning the alphabet and how to read things like the Seven Commandments. So, Snowball comes before them and declares that the seven commandments can be reduced to a single maxim:  "Four legs good, two legs bad." This, of course,is a sweeping generalization, but it also is a also a conclusion that does not follow logically for all circumstances.
  • In Chapter 7, Squealer contends that Snowball's "rebellion" was caused not by vanity and ambition, but by his being in league with Mr. Jones.  Of course, there is no logical reason for Snowball's having been in collusion with Jones as the supposed secret documents that Squealer claims to have cannot be produced.