After the rebellion was over, Snowball created the seven commandments that were to be abided by. But, as time went on and Napoleon came into power, a few of the commandments were altered. The commandments are as followed:
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes on 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.
While Napoleon was in power, the 5th commandment was altered. Animal farm had started to farm barley and produce alcohol. Well Napoleon became a regular drinker. He added “ to excess” to the end of commandment five. You would think that after he experiences a horrible hangover, and he thought that he was dying that he would learn his lesson.
Also, while Napoleon was in power, the sixth commandment was altered. One day, Napoleon went on a little rampage on killing people who had been in contact with Snowball. The nine dogs that Napoleon was raised were directed to kill and slaughter the convicted animals. Afterwards, the animals were confused because they thought they remembered that being against the sixth commandment. Napoleon added “without cause” to the end and had Squealer convince the animals that the commandment never changed.
Most of the animals memorized the seven commandments as “Four legs good, two legs bad.” But in the end, Napoleon eliminated the seven commandments altogether. It was replaced by one statement, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” The animals adopted a new summary of that statement, “ Four legs good, two legs better.”
Carmen Moody Nykel Worthen 5th period