What objections do some animals raise to the principles of Animalism in Animal Farm?

The objections some animals raise to the principles of Animalism in Animal Farm include their duty of loyalty to Mr. Jones, the prospective unavailability of luxuries after the revolution, the prospect that the revolution will not occur until after they are dead, and the idea that it will happen anyway without them having to do anything. Some are persuaded by Moses, the raven, that they will go to a magical place called Sugarcandy Mountain after they die.

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After the death of Old Major, most of the animals assume that the revolution he preached will not come within their lifetime. Some of them think that this means it is effectively irrelevant to them, since they will not live to see it. Others argue that if the rebellion is as inevitable as the pigs seem to think, it will presumably happen whether they work for it or not.

While many animals are apathetic about the principles of Animalism, others are actively opposed to rebellion. Mollie, the white mare, is concerned by the potential difficulties of obtaining sugar and ribbons for her mane after the revolution. Other animals regard it as their duty to remain loyal to Mr. Jones, the farmer, and believe that they owe everything to him and would starve to death if he did not feed them.

One of the more subtle forms of opposition to the principles of Animalism comes from Moses, the raven, with his tales of Sugarcandy Mountain, a wonderful country to which the animals will go after death. Although...

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