How The Pigs Changed The Seven Commandments

The original Commandments gradually change through the plot of Animal Farm.

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

The original Commandments gradually change through the plot of Animal Farm. The pigs are responsible for this as Squealer is found holding a paintbrush after falling from a ladder leaning against the spot where the Seven Commandments are painted. Close to him is an overturned paint pot. This all happens as the pigs become corrupted. They start to break and change the rules so that the pig population on the farm could live a more comfortable life compared with the other animals.

The First Commandment is broken when the pigs engage in trade with the neighbouring farms. It is further broken when the sheep’s slogan is changed from “Four legs good, two legs bad”, to “Four legs good, two legs better”. This rule is broken when humans start to visit the farm. The Second Commandment is indirectly broken when the dogs attack Snowball. The dogs also attack Boxer without being ordered to. The Third Commandment is broken when Napoleon wears Mr. Jones’ hat. It is also broken when the dogs start to wear collars and the pigs put on ribbons on their tails on Sundays just like Mollie did in Jones’ times. The Forth Commandment is changed to “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets”. Squealer reveals that the pigs remove the sheets and sleep in beds. The Fifth Commandment is changed to, “No animal shall drink alcohol in excess”. Because of this, pigs are “allowed” to drink beer and whisky. The Sixth Commandment is changed to “No animal shall kill another animal without cause”. The pigs chose the animals that they wanted to get rid of and invent accusations so as get rid of them. The Seventh Commandment is changed to, “All animals are equal and some are more equal than others.” The pigs took all the apples and milk and rations are reduced to all animals except for the pigs and dogs. In the last chapter, this is the only Commandment left on the wall of the barn.

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