Animal Farm Cultural Assumption #3
All people are equal but some are more equal than others, this means that the people who are more equal are more important. This is shown through the plot, at the end of the book, after the complication, the pigs have gotten rid of the seven commandments and replaced it with one saying, all animals are equal but some are more equal than others. A quote from the book that shows this is "There was nothing there now except a single commandment. It ran ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS." This is also shown through the characters, the pigs, as they believe they're more equal than the other animals because they're more important. The book shows this when it says "and a moment later, out from the door of the farmhouse came a long file of pigs, all walking on their hind legs." The pigs also think they are more important because they live in the house and wear Mr Jones' old clothes. Two quotes from the book that show this are "It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up their residence there." and "when the pigs took Mr Jones' clothes out of the wardrobes and put them on" Personally it think it is dumb that they think that some animals are more equal than others because this shows that the animals who aren't as equal can't have freedom of speech. It also makes it look like the animals who are more equal are also more important when they are necessarily not.
In the book the animals call this animalism. I think that animalism portrays communism in George Orwell's time, 1934, and at this time communism was a common thing and many people believed in it. Some people would even think they're more equal than others because they believed that they were more important.
This isn't the only thing the animals decided on in the book that also relates to things in real life. They also had seven commandments like no animal should use money or no animal should sleep on a bed. Later in the book the pigs keep changing the rules of the seven commandments and adding extra parts on to make it fit their needs.
I believe George Orwell is trying to say that everyone should equal and some people may be more important than others but no one person can be more equal than anyone else. Everyone should have the same rights whether they are important or not everyone should follow the same rules.