Are the Seven Commandments of Animal Farm difficult to keep and will the animals be faithful to them?
The Seven Commandments clearly reflect the Ten Commandments of God to Moses in the Jewish-Christian religion. Is there any significance in Orwell's comment that they are 'reducing the principles of Animalism'?
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The final revision of the commandments devised by the animals of Animal Farm reduce the original number to seven. Old Major had proposed several others, such as not allowing animals to touch money or take part in trade agreements, but the pigs must have realized that such rules would restrict the growth of the farm. The commandments indeed are difficult to keep, but it is primarily the pigs--the leaders--who can't abide by their own set of rules. Orwell's symbol of religion in the story, the raven, Moses, preaches his word to all who will hear--usually in a state of partial inebriation due to the beer given him by the pigs each day. Moses' tales of Sugarcandy Mountain becomes the animal version of heaven.