Theme Statement in Animal Farm

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George Orwell believes that misusing intelligence may bring one astray. “We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. ” (Orwell, Ch.3, pg.41). This is one case that the pigs which represent people who are more educated than the others, believed that it was their rights to obtain more privilege. They exploited their brightness to deceive the uneducated ones and claimed that their contributions made them to deserved these goods. In the contrary, what they did was just commanding the hardworking but not smart ones to do all the labors and they just enjoyed having power. Another instance of indiscriminate use of cleverness from the pigs —“‘No animal shall kill any other animal WITHOUT CAUSE.’ Somehow or another the last two words had slipped out the animals’ memory.” (Orwell, ch.8 pg. 98). The pigs added two words upon the Seven Commandments and completely altered the meaning just to suit their own will. In consequence, causing the other illiterates to believe they had a misconception of those words. The pigs only did what they think is benefiting themselves but didn’t at all considered the others. “So ‘Beasts of England’ was heard no more. In its place Minimus, the poet, had composed another song…and this was sung every Sunday morning after the hoisting of the flag. But somehow neither the words nor the tune ever seemed to the animals to come up to ‘Beasts of England’.” (Orwell, ch. 7 pg. 97) Here, the pigs again utilized their higher level of literacy. It was stated that Beasts of England shall never be sing on-wards because the song is symbolizing rebellion. However, the pigs did not ponder the significance of Beasts of England to those animals. The Beasts of England is carried through the whole story, it signifies the union of all four legs and the determination of expelling the human-beings. It truly inspired all animals and made them believe in themselves. Nevertheless, the pigs just simply took the spirits away from them which is so selfish and greedy.


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