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George orwells animal farm ignorance again

George Orwell's Animal Farm: Ignorance of Animals and Pigs Controlling Farm

In George Orwell's book, Animal Farm, it is obvious that that the pigs,

tyrants though they were, were awarded control of the farm through the ignorance

of the other animals. There are various statements in the book that support this

idea. After reading this piece, the importance of education should be clear.

It seemed as though the pigs created and enacted propositions, and took

liberties that increased their control over the other animals, bit by bit,

cajoling and threatening until the ignorant animals were convinced that the

pigs' license was in their own best interests. "It was always the pigs who put

forward the resolutions. The other animals understood how to vote, but could

never think of any resolutions of their own." (Page 38) This quote is symbolic

of the way that animal farm was operated.

The pigs acted as leaders, the other animals were followers. Especially

when a new rule that involved more work was ratified. Then the pigs simply acted

as overseers, and, in effect, slavedrivers of the working animals, blatantly

avoiding anything physically taxing. This is demonstrated in a quote from page

35, "The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others." Of

course, the ignorant animals put forth no opposition.

The sheep, cows, horses, and birds were digging their own graves when

they reacted passively each time Napoleon usurped a little more power. Since

very few of the animals could read, or adequately remember what was read to them,

they failed to notice or object when the Seven Commandments were altered. "

....But it appears to me that the wall looks different. Are the seven

commandments the same as they used to be Benjamin?....There was nothing there

now but a single commandment. It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE

EQUAL THAN OTHERS. After that, it did not seem strange when next day the pigs

who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters."

(Page 123) No animal protested this.

It is apparent that education is a powerful weapon against tyranny. The "

ignorance is bliss" philosophy is one that will lead to a life of oppression.

Despite the most adamant warning, the most evil, but educated, tyrant will

overcome the most virtuous and noble fool. On page 21, Old Major warned "And

above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak, strong, clever,

or simple, we are all brothers." But the simple brothers soon became mere slaves

to the demands of a self-inflicted tyranny.

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