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Chapter 1pgs15-24 In first chapter the reader is introduced to all of his wonderful animals Obviously most of the chapter is intended to spark pity and a sense of sympathy for the poor suffering farm animals but the old Majors words are very telling The wise old pig addresses the central conflict of the book and of Orwells intended meaning-- tyranny The first and seemingly only dictatorship the animals must overcome is the rule of Mr Jones and the other humans The boar asserts Man is the only real enemy we have Remove Man from the scene and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever Man is the only creature that consumes without producing He does not give milk he does not lay eggs he is too weak to pull the plough he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits Yet he is lord of all the animals The speech as intended is very inspiring and encouraging to the tired troubled farm animals They even sing the words to old Majors dream five times in succession before Mr Jones blasts the side of the barn with a shotgun Unfortunately for the animals the old Majors naivety is not revealed The ideal society he proposes is of course only an ideal-- but the animals dont know this Perhaps even the old sow himself is too caught up in emotion to understand the complexities of the solution he submits Old Major does know a few things though He boldly warns all of them Your resolution must never falter No argument must lead you astray Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interestwe must not come to resemble himNo animal must ever live in a house or sleep in a bed or wear clothes or drink alcohol or smoke tobacco or touch money or engage in trade Ironically Napoleon isnt present to hear the words of this prophet
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