A utopian or perfect society is an unrealistic idea and in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, what starts
out to be a vision of the future with rules and consequences soon turns to a society of political change
and Revolution. Of the seven commandments stated in the book Animal Farm, there are a few that can
be contrasted to show the irony of how perception can bring about change. For example, let’s review
commandment #4, “No animal shall sleep in a bed”. As soon as the animals decided they wanted to
sleep on humans’ beds, Squealer changes this to “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets”. By
changing the definition of the commandment, Squealer and the others perceived that they were not
breaking a commandment because they changed I to suit their needs.
Due to Napoleon’s paranoia, in commandment #6, the statement No animal shall kill any other
animal”, gets changed to “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.” Napoleon sentences
anyone who was thought to be plotting against him to death. This demonstrates the extreme
measure that paranoia can interject into a situation when someone has too much power.
I think that George Orwell is trying to warn that future human freedom in a world that includes
enhanced technology and politics can be dangerous. If morals and ethics are not maintained, society
will lose all restraint and control and harm will come to those who are not at the top of the society. By having commandments or laws that guide a sense of right and wrong, the values of a society should guide the classes to perform in such a way that all of society can thrive.
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