Chapter 1 Questions and Answers, Animal Farm

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1. What is the Gist of Old Majors Speech?

At the beginning of the novel, the highly respected Middle White Boar – old Major – presents the animals with a speech, which is intended to plant within the animals his vision of a liberal future for all animals. The essence of Old Majors speech is that ‘...The life of an animal is misery and slavery...’ He is telling them of the reality of their existence - that they are merely slaves for mankind. Old Major explains to the animals that man is the reason why they are forced to persist in such appalling conditions of starvation, over-work and murder. Old Major passes on the wisdom that, to the animals, ‘...Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene and the root cause of
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4. What are the Seven Commandments?
The seven commandments are:
1) Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2) Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3) No animal shall wear clothes.
4) No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5) No animal shall drink alcohol.
6) No animal shall kill any other animal.
7) All animals are equal.

5. What indications are there already of Napoleons opportunism?

Already, indications of Napoleons opportunism have begun to arise. Napoleon is an opportunist, in the way that he takes advantage of any prospect which presents itself, regardless of whether it goes against morals or principles, in order to achieve benefit for oneself, in this case, Napoleon. Napoleons opportunism is made apparent at the end of chapter two, when it is implied that Napoleon has stolen the milk off of the cows, and the rest of the farm animals. This is indicated, when it is stated ‘”...Never mind the milk, comrades!” Cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets “that will be attended to”... in the evening it was noticed that the milk had disappeared...’ Napoleons act of stealing the milk is contrary to the principles of animalism, as all animals are supposed to be equal, and through


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