What are the principles of Animalism in Animal Farm?

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Animalism is a communist philosophy of all of the animals being treated equal and sharing equally in both the responsibilities and rewards of the farm.

Communism is defined as follows:

Communism is a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of a classless, moneyless,stateless and revolutionary socialist society structured uponcommon ownership of the means of production. (enotes reference, communism)

The principles of Animalism are espoused by Old Major in his speech to the farm and then modified by the pigs as they see fit.  The pigs tell the other animals that “by their studies of the past three months the pigs had succeeded in reducing the principles of Animalism to Seven Commandments” (ch 2).  These commandments are intended to keep all of the animals equal.


1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3. No animal shall wear clothes.

4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5. No animal shall drink alcohol.

6. No animal shall kill any other animal.

7. All animals are equal. (chapter 2)

The pig said that everyone would follow the commandments and “they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after” (ch 2). Of course, it does not quite work out this way.  Soon the pigs began changing the commandments.  For example, commandment 4 is changed to forbid not beds, but beds with sheets.  Some animals realize the commandments are being changed. 

Clover had not remembered that the Fourth Commandment mentioned sheets; but as it was there on the wall, it must have done so. (ch 6)

This commandment is changed when the pigs begin to live in the...

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Principles of Animalism were reduced to just seven commandments by the pigs. These commandments were inscribed on the end of the wall of big barn. These commandments are explained below,

1-Men are their big enemy.They should not have any relation with them.They should not touch any thing that's belongs to men.

2-Animals and birds are friends of each other.

3-Animals are not allowed to wear clothes because clothes belong to men.

4-Animal are not allowed to sleep in a bed.This is because in past days Mr.Jones used to sleep in a bed.

5-Animals are not allowed to drink alcohol.

6-Animals are not allowed to kill any other animal.

7-All animals are equal.This role shows equality of rights and equality in each and everything. No animal is more preferable than any other animal.

These roles show complete freedom of animals.Later on these seven roles were compacted into "Four legs good, Two legs bad"