He asks: What's the cause of all these problems? Every drop of it has gone down the throats of our enemies. Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. As soon as the light in the bedroom went out there was a stirring and a fluttering all through the farm buildings. After a sending a wave of attacks, the battle was over and the animals have won. One animal at the farm named Old Major calls all the animals at the barn for a meeting. Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.
The animals need to stand together. And above all, pass on this message of mine to those who come after you, so that future generations shall carry on the struggle until it is victorious. Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the human race! Major delivers a rousing political speech about the evils inflicted upon them by their human keepers and their need to rebel against the tyranny of Man. Rings shall vanish from our noses, And the harness from our back, Bit and spur shall rust forever, Cruel whips no more shall crack. Old Major says that whatever goes on four legs or has wings is a friend, that no animal should ever kill another animal, that no animal should ever act like a man, and that the ultimate goal for animals, whether in this lifetime or the future, must be the overthrow of humans. No argument must lead you astray. In a very little while the animals had destroyed everything that reminded them of Mr.
Jones's dressing-table, and was holding it against her shoulder and admiring herself in the glass in a very foolish manner. Clover made a sort of wall round them with her great foreleg, and the ducklings nestled down inside it and promptly fell asleep. It was a dream of the earth as it will be when Man has vanished. Old Major says that even when humans are conquered, no animal should act like a human by sleeping in a bed, wearing clothes, drinking alcohol, or using money to engage in trade. Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way.
The only animal that does not show up is the tame raven, Moses. And what has happened to that milk which should have been breeding up sturdy calves? It's kind of like realizing that growing up doesn't actually mean you get to eat as many jelly doughnuts as you want; it means that you have to go to work every day to earn the money to buy those jelly doughnuts. He speaks with Clover about having her children taken away, and he tells the pigs they will be slaughtered for meat before the end of the year. Suddenly liberated, the animals go about destroying symbols of their oppression, but decide that the farmhouse itself will remain untouched as a museum, and that no animal shall live in it. Then they filed back to the farm buildings and halted in silence outside the door of the farmhouse.
Snowball also threw on to the fire the ribbons with which the horses' manes and tails had usually been decorated on market days. After this they went back to the farm buildings, where Snowball and Napoleon sent for a ladder which they caused to be set against the end wall of the big barn. Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? I cannot describe that dream to you. And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. The situation was quite out of their control. I merely repeat, remember always your duty of enmity towards Man and all his ways.
In return for your four confinements and all your labour in the fields, what have you ever had except your bare rations and a stall? Since the pigs were the only ones that knew how to read and write, they started teaching the other animals how to do so. Satire, on the other hand, is a form of humor that ridicules the folly of man. I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired. Pre-eminent among the pigs were two young boars named Snowball and Napoleon, whom Mr. Yet he is lord of all the animals. All were agreed that no animal must ever live there. All the animals nodded in complete agreement, and the cleverer ones at once began to learn the Commandments by heart.
There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides. The wild creatures, such as rats and rabbits—are they our friends or our enemies? He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. He had become much disheartened after losing money in a lawsuit, and had taken to drinking more than was good for him. Last of all came the cat, who looked round, as usual, for the warmest place, and finally squeezed herself in between Boxer and Clover; there she purred contentedly throughout Major's speech without listening to a word of what he was saying. It was situated somewhere up in the sky, a little distance beyond the clouds, Moses said. For the first few minutes the animals could hardly believe in their good fortune. There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems.
Major's speech had given to the more intelligent animals on the farm a completely new outlook on life. Only the cats and dogs disagree. All agreeing that they don't want Jones back, the rest of the animals consent to the milk and apples will be reserved for the pigs alone. Even the horses and the dogs have no better fate. You will have all the oats and hay you want. In Chapter 1 of Animal Farm by George Orwell, the stage is set for dissension as the residents of Manor Farm begin to dream of a better life without human interference.