Some of the least intelligent animals on Animal Farm. They never become fully literate and can’t remember the Seven Commandments, but Snowball teaches them the maxim “Four legs good, two legs bad,” which they love and bleat all the time. They’re receptive to propaganda and follow orders without questioning anything. The sheep represent the duped citizens of a totalitarian state.
The Sheep Quotes in Animal Farm
The Animal Farm quotes below are all either spoken by The Sheep or refer to The Sheep. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet Classics edition of Animal Farm published in 1996.).
Chapter 3 Quotes
The Sheep Character Timeline in Animal Farm
The timeline below shows where the character The Sheep appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...as the Egg Production Committee for the hens and the Whiter Wool Movement for the sheep, but these projects fail. His only success is with the reading and writing classes—every animal... (full context)
...but Napoleon is better at convincing animals individually between meetings. He’s especially successful with the sheep, who begin bleating “Four legs good, two legs bad” in the middle of meetings—and especially... (full context)
...is nonsense, and nobody should vote for it. In response, Snowball jumps up, shushes the sheep, and passionately explains why they need the windmill. His passion wins over the animals as... (full context)
...dream, Snowball told them to disobey Napoleon. A goose confesses to stealing corn and a sheep confesses that they urinated in the drinking pool on Snowball’s orders. Others confess crimes and... (full context)
...so the song is useless. The animals are frightened, and some consider protesting, but the sheep begin to bleat “Four legs good, two legs bad” and this ends any discussion. Minimus... (full context)