What Changes Have Been Made In The Weekly Meetings Over The Last Year
What changes have been made to the weekly meetings over the last year of Animal Farm?
When the pigs announce these changes, that there will be no more public meetings with the other animals, we are witnessing a significant turning point in the novel. As Napoleon and the other pigs separate themselves from the other animals they are taking a major step toward becoming a dictatorship, or totalitarian leaders. When the pigs announce there will be no more Sunday meetings, essentially, they are telling the others they have no input into how the farm will be run and their opinions no longer matter.
At this point, ask yourself this: is life better for the animals with the pigs in control or was it better with Mr. Jones?
Orwell’s theme in this work is that absolute power corrupts. The pigs are taking absolute power with little resistance.
The meetings also used to end with a celebratory singing of The Beasts of England. By the time we are about two-thirds of the way through the novel, this is no longer allowed.
Likewise, the meetings that were held didn't necessarily have Napoleon there in the flesh. Instead, he sent Squealer with lists of ficticious facts and figures to present to the group. The group listens and hears how they are apparently doing better and better than they ever did in Jones' time. Apparently their production has increased in many areas by many hundreds of percent. However, the animals notice they are hungrier.
At first, the meetings are secret. But then the revolution happens and they don't have to be held in secret anymore.
After the revolution, the meetings happen every Sunday. At the meetings, any animal can put forward a proposal and they all vote on the proposals.
Eventually, by Chapter 5, only the pigs put forward any proposals. But all the animals still approve or disapprove of these by a majority vote. By the end of Chapter 5, though, Snowball has been driven off the farm and Napoleon has announced that there will be no more regularly scheduled Sunday meetings.