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by George Orwell

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What drastic actions do the pigs use to shatter the animals' complacency in Animal Farm?

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After the animals successfully drive Mr. Jones from the farm, they establish themselves as "brainworkers" and begin calling all of the shots while the other animals engage in hard labor. When Napoleon usurps power, he appoints the pigs to positions of authority and enforces longer working hours. In addition to making the other animals engage in arduous labor, he decreases their food rations while the pigs enjoy their fill of the best food on the farm. The pigs also have the privilege of sleeping inside the farmhouse on comfortable beds while the other animals sleep outside or in the barn. Younger pigs are also given the opportunity to earn an education while the other animals are forbidden from attending the farm's school. While the other animals endlessly labor and suffer from malnutrition and exhaustion, the pigs enjoy healthy, privileged lives and are treated like wealthy aristocrats.

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There are a number of changes that the pigs make in George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, to alter the original tranquility of the animal-run farm. The pigs order that rations be reduced in order to overcome the poor harvest. They demand that the working hours be increased each day, and weekends become work days as well. Napoleon surrounds himself with bloodthirsty dogs to maintain order. They undertake the difficult task of building the windmill proposed by Snowball. Finally, they sell Boxer to the glue factory rather than give him his hard-earned retirement.

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emilyc15 | Student

Complacency means:

the state of being self-satisfied, usually in a n unreflective way and without being aware of the possible dangers.

ihateliars123 | Student

dont you wish you knew what complacency meant?