Animal Farm

The desire for freedom and/or independence is a key factor in the events of Animal Farm. What are some ways this desire leads to both success and failure in the farm in this book?

use 3 quotes and 2 specific examples in the book from chapters 6-9

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The desire for freedom leads to rebellion and the elimination of Jones at the farm. The animals biggest failure can be found in their trade of one tyrannical rule for another, as well as their unquestioning response to manipulation. Any questions were quickly dealt with.

Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness. Never to have any dealings with human beings, never to engage in trade, never to make use of money– had not these been among the earliest resolutions passed at that first triumphant Meeting after Jones was expelled? All the animals remembered passing such resolutions: or at least they thought that they remembered it. The four young pigs who had protested when Napoleon abolished the Meetings raised their voices timidly, but they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling from the dogs. Then, as usual, the sheep broke into "Four legs good, two legs bad!" and the momentary awkwardness was smoothed over. (Chapter Six)

I do not understand it. I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves. The solution, as I see it, is to work harder. From now onwards I shall get up a full hour earlier in the mornings. (Chapter Seven)

Boxer passed it off as usual with "Napoleon is always right!", but Clover, who thought she remembered a definite ruling against beds, went to the end of the barn and tried to puzzle out the Seven Commandments which were inscribed there. Finding herself unable to read more than individual letters, she fetched Muriel (Chapter Six)


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