Animal Farm 1.9: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Dsytopian LiteratureAnimal Farm
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:25

That’s the entrepreneurial spirit!

00:27

Even though they’re already putting in 60 hours a week, Napoleon is now making Sunday

00:31

a workday, too.

00:32

Technically, it’s voluntary… But they’ll get half-rations if they don’t volunteer. [Napoleon discussing Sunday as a new workday]

00:38

The animals need to get the ACLU on speed dial, stat. [A goat using the telephone]

00:42

They’re starting to feel like they’re living in a country song.

00:45

But instead of their dog dying (they wish!)…

00:48

…or their lady leaving (who needs Mollie anyway)… [Lady horse leaving a barn]

00:51

…they’ve got the piggy-power blues.

00:53

Every game has rules. And when the rules change while you’re playing? It’s a little disorienting. [Napoleon and a chicken playing chess]

00:59

Don’t like it? Whadya gonna do ’bout it?

01:01

Well, with the propagandist (Squealer) making them doubt their memory about what the rules are…

01:06

…vicious dogs ready to attack them if they complain… [Dog carrying a ferret in its mouth]

01:09

…and their… let’s call it “modest”… brain power, they do nothing.

01:13

They accept their conditions as they are and adjust to each change as it comes.

01:18

They accept having commerce with humans…

01:21

The dogs need their biscuits, after all. [Man shows tray of a dog biscuit]

01:23

And they accept the pigs moving into the farmhouse...

01:26

Because the pigs need to be comfortable to think.

01:29

And they accept the pigs sleeping in beds… [Man serves pig food and milk in bed]

01:31

Because how can the pigs’ brains work without enough sleep?

01:34

And they accept the lie that Snowball destroyed the windmill…

01:37

Because Napoleon is always right. Right? [Snowball destroys windmill]

01:39

And they accept having to rebuild the windmill, because they can’t let Snowball get away

01:43

with what he’s done.

01:45

And because Napoleon ordered them to.

01:47

The animals can’t exactly say so for themselves, but accepting all these rule changes leads [Animals sleeping]

01:51

to total surrender of their society of equals to Napoleon’s absolute dominance.

01:56

The king is dead. Long live the king. [Napoleon and Mr Jones cross and high five]

01:59

And what of Snowball? He’s still on the lam.

02:02

…Not that kind of lamb…. [Snowball riding a lamb]

02:04

…Better.

02:05

Talk about a fall from grace. At the beginning, the 7 Commandments embodied the spirit of Animalism.

02:10

Everyone was equal. [Snowball stood by the 7 commandments]

02:12

But when the Commandments changed to benefit the pigs and make them special, the whole

02:17

fabric of the revolution unraveled.

02:19

The pigs used the rules to manipulate and abuse the other animals and maintain the order [Pigs at a table in a meeting]

02:23

they imposed. We don’t think that’s what Old Major had in mind.