Notes on the Theme of Greed in "Animal Farm"

I made this set of notes for the "Theme of Greed" in the book "Animalm Farm". Hope it helps you guys.

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The theme of Greed in Animal Farm
Examples of greed in the text:
When Napoleon and Squealer steal the milk and apples [P.22]
"The importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all too obvious so it was agreed without furthered
argument that the milk and... apples... should be reserved for the pigs alone.
Napoleon kicks out Snowball [P.33]
"Snowball... slipped through a hole in the hedge and was seen no more"
Napoleon's greed takes away the right to vote [P.34]
"Napoleon with the dogs following him, now mounted on the raised platform... He announced... there would
be no more debates"
When Napoleon sells timber to Frederick, even though it was against Animalism (p.61)
"Napoleon announced that he has sold the pile of timber to Frederick"
When Frederick uses forgeries to pay Napoleon (p.63)
"The bank notes were forgeries!"
When Napoleon sells boxer for alcohol [P.77]
"They're taking Boxer to the knackers'!... somewhere or other the pigs had acquired the money to buy
themselves another case of whiskey"
Napoleon gets fatter while other animals starve [P.71]
"The pigs seemed comfortable enough, and in fact they were putting on weight"
Greed is a predominant theme in the story, greed of alcohol, and greed of the humans taking but not giving
(which is seen in the context of Tsar Nicholas 2nd and the other high class Russians that led to the revolution
as shown in the novel)
Old Major implies that the animals might revolt against the pigs reign eventually by using "I do not know when
that rebellion will come, it may be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know as surely as I see this straw
beneath my feet that sooner or later justice will be done.

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Paul Dutton

A useful set of notes on this important theme.  Includes relevant quotes. 

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