What is Snowball’s attitude toward education in Animal Farm by George Orwell?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This study question is from Chapter Three of Animal Farm in which the pigs organize, direct, and supervise the other animals.  While there is no direct statement made about Snowball's attitude regarding education, Orwell indicates the Napoleon and Snowball already are literate at the time of the Rebellion:  "As for the pigs, they could already read and write perfectly."  So, while the more intelligent animals such as the dogs and the goats learned to read well, many of the others did not go much farther than learning letters. 

However, this does not seem worry Snowball, for he busies himself with organizing the animals into committees. "He was indefatigable at this."  This interest in having the animals in committees indicates Snowball's inclination to have the animals read and be informed of the activities on the farm.  When the animals cannot memorize the Seven Commandments, Snowball declares that these commandments can be reduced to the single maxim that all can learn, "Four legs good, two legs bad." 

Having initiated the path toward educating the animals, Snowball is the more scholarly.  Certainly, he is more interested in education than is Napoleon who seeks power by instructing the puppies to be his bodyguards.

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allynah | Student

Snowball's attitude towards education was very positive and inspiring as well he was the single being in the farm who sincerely want to educate other animals. Although in the farm pigs were marked as asuperior class