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

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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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, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Complacency means:

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

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