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Animal Farm Chapter 10

| Monday October 03, 2011

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A Guide to Animal Farm
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Summary

  • The farm is richer than ever but the animals work harder than ever.
  • Clover sees the pigs walking on 2 legs.
  • The Commandments are erased and replaced with a single slogan.
  • The farmers are invited to dine with the pigs.
  • The animals look through the window and can’t tell the difference between men and pigs.

Pigs Become Men

The ending of the novel is very powerful – the pigs have finally morphed into the men they set out to overthrow at the start of the novel.  It is Clover who alerts the animals to the pigs’ transformation.  Clover is again used by Orwell to give the reader another viewpoint and a shift in tone. When she sees the pigs walking on their hind legs the shock of what she sees is emphasised by the use of one sentence paragraphs.  The final paragraph of the novel has an almost dream-like quality to it – this reminds the reader of Major’s dream at the start of the novel and emphasises the unbelievable nature of what Clover is witnessing.  The reader also trusts Clover’s view of how things are – she is a sympathetic character & a representative of the ordinary people in the novel so we are inclined to believe her and agree with her.

It was Clover’s voice. [1] She neighed again, and all the animals broke into a gallop and rushed into the yard. Then they saw what Clover had seen. It was a pig walking on his hind legs

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[1] A sympathetic & believable witness.

Yes, it was Squealer. A little awkwardly, as though not quite used to supporting his considerable bulk in that position, but with perfect balance, he was strolling across the yard. And a moment later, out from the door of the farm-house came a long file of pigs, all walking on their

hind legs. [2] Some did it better than others, one or two were even a trifle unsteady and looked as though they would have liked the...

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