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Animal Farm Chapter 5

| Monday October 03, 2011

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A Guide to Animal Farm
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Summary

  • Mollie leaves the farm.
  • Conflict between Napoleon & Snowball.
  • Snowball is driven from the farm by Napoleon’s dogs after they disagree about the building of a windmill.
  • Napoleon ends debate and the pigs will now make all decisions concerning the farm.

Pigs In Charge And Conflict Between Snowball & Napoleon

The pigs are now in charge of the farm and they decide all details of farm policy.  The idea of the ‘majority vote’ to ratify their decisions is soon forgotten and from this point onwards the pigs manipulate the other animals, put themselves first and rule the farm with a rod of iron and fear & intimidation.

In January there came bitterly hard weather. The earth was like iron, and nothing could be done in the fields. Many meetings were held in the big barn, and

the pigs occupied themselves with planning out the work of the coming season. [1] It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote. This arrangement would have worked well enough if it had not been for the disputes between Snowball and Napoleon. [2] These two disagreed at every point where disagreement was possible. If one of them suggested sowing a bigger acreage with barley, the other was certain to demand a bigger acreage of oats, and if one of them said that such and such a field was just right for cabbages, the other would declare that it was useless for anything except roots. Each had his own following, and there were some violent debates. [3] At the Meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself in between times. He was especially successful with the sheep. Of late the sheep had...

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