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What are 6 key points of Old Major's speech from Animal Farm?

Six key points from Old Major's speech in Animal Farm include his claim that life could be better for the animals. He stresses that there is no fair return for their labor, animals are not allowed to live out their lives naturally, and once a weakness is exposed, they are disposed of. Not only Man, but all his habits, must be removed from the animals' lives completely, without delay. Animals must never forget human cruelty or tyrannize other animals.

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Old Major's speech in Animal Farm sets the scene for the animals' revolt. It also foreshadows the problems that will soon become evident as animals stray further and further away from his advice and instructions; the basis of the commandments.

Old Major is aware of his influence on the animals, and uses his speech to inspire them to action—something he feels he must do now before it is too late. He reminds them that life could, and should, be so much better, pointing out that the "nature of this life of ours" has only one real cause, and that is Mankind.

There is no real return on the animals' labor, and they toil all day for little reward. "Bare rations and a stall" are certainly not sufficient, especially when Man does not put in equal effort, but rather has "stolen" everything the animals have worked for. The fact that man shows no respect and simply disposes of animals if they exhibit any weakness or illness further supports Old Major's claims.

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