George Orwell’s Animal Farm: Ignorance Of Animals And Pigs Managing
In George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm, it is apparent that the pigs, tyrants though they were, were awarded control of the farm through the ignorance of the other animals. There are different declarations in the book that support this concept. After reading this piece, the significance of education must be clear. It appeared as though the pigs produced 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 encouraged that the pigs’ license was in their own best interests.
It was always the pigs who advance the resolutions. The other animals understood how to vote, but could never ever 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. Specifically when a brand-new rule that included more work was ratified. Then the pigs merely functioned as overseers, and, in effect, slavedrivers of the working animals, blatantly avoiding anything physically taxing.
This is shown in a quote from page 35, “The pigs did not in fact work, but directed and supervised the others.” Of course, the oblivious 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 bit more power. Because extremely few of the animals might check out, or properly remember what read to them, they failed to notice or object when the Seven Rules were altered.
” … However it appears to me that the wall looks different. Are the 7 commandments the like they used to be Benjamin? … There was absolutely nothing there now however a single rule. 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 ho were monitoring 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 versus tyranny.
The” lack of knowledge is bliss” approach is one that will result in a life of injustice. Despite the most determined caution, the most evil, however educated, autocrat will overcome the most virtuous and honorable fool. On page 21, Old Major warned “And above all, no animal should ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak, strong, creative, or simple, we are all siblings.” However the basic bros quickly became simple slaves to the needs of a self-inflicted tyranny.