Why were the pigs immediately accepted as leaders?

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There are a few reasons the pigs were accepted as leaders. The visionary of the entire revolution was a pig, Old Major , who outlines his dream of a world free of humans at the very beginning of the novel. After Old Major's death, the pigs, who are described as...

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There are a few reasons the pigs were accepted as leaders. The visionary of the entire revolution was a pig, Old Major, who outlines his dream of a world free of humans at the very beginning of the novel. After Old Major's death, the pigs, who are described as "the cleverest" of the animals, organize Old Major's thoughts into a coherent belief system they call "animalism". The three most important organizers are Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer. Snowball is the one that paints the seven commandment on the wall. Thus, by taking leadership early, the rest of the animals, who are not used to being leaders themselves, are easy targets for the pigs who seem clever and have the other animals' interests at heart.

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There was a power vacuum that had to be filled. Any time there is a group in which no one is currently in power, someone will step in. This is a unfortunate truth of human nature. In the case of Animal Farm, the pigs were able to step in right away because of a generally understood stereotype of pigs. They said they were smarter and so the rest of them believed it was true. The animals needed to be led by someone, and the immediate response was to follow the truths that Old Major had already presented. Since he was a pig, it was natural to follow the lead of the group who would be most closely associated with this leader.

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