Old Major’s skull is paraded around during the ceremonies. It represents what the animals have overcome in battle, this being the reason why Old Major helped them succeed through his wisdom. Around the time of the rebellion, Old Major’s skull reminds the animals of what they have overcome, which includes those they lost in battle to get this far, and where the idea of Animalism originally came from.
The animals are prepared for a battle long before the humans ever expect it. With the help of Snowball’s clever thinking, they win their freedom and ownership of the farm. This battle signifies the hard work and weaknesses they will overcome to maintain their freedom in the future.
The gun is fired on special occasions in respect to those who had been brave and fought for the cause. The gun is used as a sign of importance. The days the gun is fired changes throughout the story, showing how Squealer’s propaganda works well enough to change the society’s views.
The Animal Farm flag is a symbolism for their hope and freedom as a community. It shows England how they have defeated the humans by their advancement in civilization. The color, green, of the flag represents the green fields of England. The hoof and the horn signify the future Republic of the Animals.
Molly did not want to have to do the work required of her, but would rather be pampered by the humans as she was before. Molly showed her dependence on others by not wanting to be free. The ribbons symbolize the humans, both good and bad. When Molly was told to dispose of the ribbons and not place so much value on them, it showed how the animals were getting rid of the human race in their new society. This was not what Molly had in mind.
The commandments are used for a different purposes in the story. In the beginning of the novel, the commandments are written in order to structure their new freedom that the animals had achieved. Although, at the end of the story, the wind had taken a different course. All of the pigs had taken away the animals’ utopia and returned to its original ways of Man.
The farmhouse is significant because it represents the human’s treacherous habits and ways of living. The animals are determined to wipe out the human race from their farm, but the farmhouse remains as a museum and reminder of what they have overcome. The farmhouse separates the pigs from the animals because of their human characteristics.
The windmill shows significance through the animals actions on building it without human assistance. With determination and hard work, they completed the contraption by working together as one. By showing their great achievement as a society, the humans went into shock.
Fredrick and his men brutally attack after blowing up the windmill. Being unprepared for battle, the animals have a hard time trying to defeat the intruders. Weary and bleeding, they eventually prevail.
In destroying the animal’s windmill, the humans are destroying their success as individuals and their drive to continue. This signifies how all of their hard work is abolished, yet they leave victorious in the end.
The changing from “Beasts of England” to “Comrade Napoleon” signifies the changing from the policy, Animalism, to a Dictatorship. “Beasts of England” is a song of the rebellion and the good times of Animal Farm, which developed from Old Major’s dream. “Comrade Napoleon” symbolizes the change to a dictatorship, the alterations that were made to the commandments, and to the civilization of the farm. Napoleon changed all of the commandments to rules that he was able to adapt to.
The whip Napoleon carries in his trotter symbolizes the return of the humans’ behaviors to the farm. The whip is all of the bad things the animals tried to get rid of by revolting; yet, the whip reappears. However, this time it is carried by a different master.