Murder in Animal Farm

It was two weeks after the annual celebration of Animal Farm when the tragedy occurred. Napoleon the Father of All Animals, Hero of Animal Farm died. So instead of the annual parade a memorial. The horses pulled the cart where the remains of the Hero of Animal Farm lay flowers and vegetable formed the bed where he lay. Following Napoleon s cart were his faithful dogs, followed the pigs, both old and new generation – Squealer, Pinkeye and Wnymper were there along with his brood; and of course Napoleon’s brood both biological and adopted were there – Pigs of all sorts and shapes. The other members of Animal Farm – assorted sheeps, chickens, even the cats and crows were in attendance. Partners of Animal Farm sent in their delegates to Napoleon’s Memorial. Napoleon was laid to rest temporarily in an icebox then a chest freezer inside the house. Each year after mourners passed and laid flowers and straw at the feet of the chest freezer. And for the lucky ones, the lid of the chest freezer was opened to display the perfectly frozen remains of the Berkshire Boar named Napoleon. In time Animal Farm at the back of the windmill a room called the Hall of Remembrance and this was where the chest freezer containing Napoleon rested along with the portraits of Old Major, Boxer and eventually Clover.

This was more than ten years ago. The Porkers led by Squealer, Pinkeye and Whymper pursued the Napoleon’s vision of Animal Farm. Squealer had spoken during the memorial of Napoleon and talked about the blissful passing of Napoleon in his sleep. And how Napoleon on his will laid down his plan for Animal Farm and how he was tricking Mr. Pilkington into believing he and the pigs were turning into man. Had Napoleon lived he would have seen the fruits of his diplomatic endeavor into enriching Animal Farm. But unfortunately he passed away as he slept, never to see his Beloved Animal Farm again, cried Squealer.

But this was a lie. As soon as Napoleon died there were rumors spreading around. One was that Napoleon and the Pigs had become human and began fighting each other that led to the death of Napoleon. Another was that Snowball had entered Animal Farm that night and sliced the throat of the Father of Animals. And another was an agent: A fundamentalist sent by Moses the Raven, killed Napoleon in order to enter and be rewarded in Sugar Plum Mountain. None of these seems to be true, The first one was ridiculous at best: Animals cannot turn to Men and back again. Second, Snowball might have been a threat initially but his influence and power had waned to the point he could not enter nor mount an assassination attempt on Napoleon. And furthermore, at all times Napoleon was guarded by Dogs and Porkers: As he slept four Dogs guarded each corner of his bed – a fanatic, assassin or a fifth columnist would find it hard to penetrate his guards. But he was killed snd recently I found the truth in a journal:

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XX, 19XX

I have found it impossible not write down my thoughts in this journal. Our random security unearthed this old journal of Farmer Jones along with some writing implements. This is an interesting piece of document. This is something I must keep to myself otherwise I would be called a recedicivist or worse a counter- revolutionary.

XX, 19XX

… Things are heating up Napoleon and Snowball rivalry is getting intense …

XX, 19XX

Snowball flees … I think I have to stop writing in this journal and I have to hide it inside one of the rooms in Jones house. Napoleon picked out a room for himself and this seems the best place to hide it,

XX, 19XX

I am writing again. The Education of Animal Farm is going as planned. It has been peaceful most of the times. A number of enemies of Animals and Traitors have been executed. Most of these are counter-revolutionary and followers of Snowball. And as for Snowball he is a mere shadow of what he once was. More of a Ghost really: always heard but never seen. Hard to believe he was the Hero of the Battle of the Cowshed. And we are not allowed to say that anymore.

XX, 19XX

… The Dogs and Cats keep on killing the rats. And this is why rodents will always be recruits by Man and Counter-Revolutionaries. Officially, we condemn this but in reality we just turn a blind eye …  to this …

XX, 19XX

Today, I visited one of the veterans an old dog. He was blind, infirm and delusional. He was rambling about the old days. The Old Dog was obnoxiously loud but from time he would whisper of things done near the Eastern Fence beside the river. He was rambling about snow and more snow. He died that Summer and was given the standard burial of hero memorial. 

XX, 19XX

N called a meeting. A proposal to change Animal Farm to Manor Farm. He also detailed future plans. All of this was met with approval and applause: nobody argued against it. How could we the Old Boar had all the power.

XX, 19XX

Everyone was busy with the anniversary. Mister J Animal Farm’s ally would be one of the guest. N was hosting a dinner and a game of cards. Dinner was great but the card game ended badly. Still in the morning everything went back to normal.

XX, 19 XX,

N called several meetings. He also began to air that he was informed that there were plots from the sympathizers of Snowball and Mr. Jones. An alliance was formed between the disgraced Snowball and the defeated Jones. Even among the pigs, both porkers and berkshires, there were counter-revolutionaries waiting for the signal from Snowball to overthrow N and bring back Animal Farm. N said the list was being drawn and soon the traitors would be arrested. An enemy was no longer an enemy if they are dead, N ended the meeting.

XX, 19 XX,

Met with the others today. The plan was found to be wanting. N had increased the number of dogs around him. Orders were given to keep a tight look at N. 

XX, 19 XX,

N did not wake up at his usual time up . The dogs kept everyone away. It was only before lunch that the pigs entered. N was mot on his bed. He lay on the floor. S approached N and kicked his behind once, twice and thrice. Then N opened his eyes, S leaped back into the group of porkers. N then closed his eyes and lay still. The dogs surrounded him and kept everyone at a distance. However, this did N no good. He wailed something incoherent and then died. So passed the Great Emancipator of Animal Farm.

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Clearly there was a plot to kill Napoleon. Given his proclivity for unmasking plots, real and imagined,  against Animal Farm it was ironic that his actions might have led an actual plot within his own circle of pigs. Whether or not the plot actually proceeded; or someone acted on their own or it was Fate that struck down Napoleon it is hard to determine. The demise of Napoleon was not announced till a week later. The new leaders of Animal Farm announced the death of Napoleon, Squealer was the chief mourner at the wake, this was his last public act before he retired.

The temptation to conduct an autopsy is great but I fear the repercussions on the order of things. No, it is up to the next generation of Animal Farm to complete the final de-Napoleonization of Animal Farm.

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