What is the new commandment and how has it been true from the beginning of Animal Farm? This question is about Animal Farm, chapter 10.

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By the end of Animal Farm, in chapter 10, the original Seven Commandments have been reduced to one, and this one has been changed from its original statement, "all animals are equal," to read "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Of course, it is logically impossible for some animals to be "more equal than others." Nevertheless, this has been the case, if not from the beginning of the animals taking over the farm, then from very soon after. Almost from the start, the pigs set themselves apart as the leaders and brainworkers and use this to justify extra privileges, such as eating the windfall apples themselves. This sense of privilege gradually gets worse and worse, especially after Snowball is run off the farm and Napoleon takes over, until, finally, the pigs live entirely separately and differently from the other animals. In fact, they live as human beings.

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In the beginning of life under rule of the animals of Animal Farm, there were seven commandments. Perhaps the most important was the seventh--"All animals are equal." Though many of the animals never realized it, this commandment was broken almost immediately by the pigs. Beginning with the theft of the milk for their own consumption, the pigs used the other animals much in the same way Mr. Jones had. By Chapter 10, Napoleon was walking on two legs and dining with humans. When Clover and old Benjamin took a look at the end of the big barn, there was only one commandment remaining:

                      ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
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