Friday, January 14, 2011

The Seven Commandments of Animal Farm

The book Animal Farm is at first glance , totally connected to the soviet union. But, if you were to take a closer look, you might also find biblical references. the ten commandments and seven deadly sins play a large part in how the story took place. the ten commandments and seven deadly sins are seen as almost perfect examples in the seven commandments of the animal farm.

  • The first of the seven commandments states that all who walk on two legs is an enemy. when this commandment is broken, it is related to the golden statue of a calf made at the base of mt. Sinai. worshiping a false figure

    The second commandment is"whatever goes on four legs or wings is a friend." This is related to acedia, a form of sloth in which you neglect to care for something you have responsibility for. in animal farm, Napoleon neglects the welfare of the animals and deprives them of their necessities.

  • The third commandment is "No animals shall wear clothes." this is an example of extravagance, a form of lust in which the purchase or ownership of unnecessary things such as the clothes the pigs wear around the farm to show their own importance

  • The fourth commandment bans sleeping in beds. The commandment, thou shalt not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor, can be compared here. Napoleon Envies humanity and wants what they have, so he tries to become like them by taking part in hum rituals like wearing clothes and sleeping in beds.

  • "NO animal shall drink alcohol" is the fifth commandment. This is compared to the sin of gluttony, a.k.a., overindulgence. The pigs overindulgence of alcohol breaks three sub-types of gluttony. The first is Nimis, or consuming to much. The second is Ardenter, consuming to eagerly. and the final one is Forente , consuming wildly.

  • The sixth commandment states that the killing of any animals is forbidden. If you were to compare this to the fifth commandment in the catholic religion, it also states that any type of killing is forbidden. Napoleon is suspicious of a plot to overthrow him and questions the animals. when any animal owned up to the slightest crime, he had his personal guard dogs shred them to pieces. this results in the slaughter of over a dozen animals. His actions can also be associated with the sin of wrath, anger in it's purest form.

  • The final and most important commandment of the seven commandments is that all animals are equal. In almost every religious list, pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins. From pride came all other sins. it is defined as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and an excessive love of self. Some interpretations state that pride is the deadliest of sins and leads to direct damnation. The best known example is Lucifer's desire to compete with god, which eventually cemented his transformation into Satan. In animal Farm, somebody breaks the commandments and replaces it with a single one, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." meaning that all animals that were not pigs are equal among themselves, all pigs were equal,but Napoleon is of highest equality. This cements his position as ruler of the farm and his power quest is now complete

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