In Chapter 3 of Orwell's Animal Farm, how does Squealer try to justify what the pigs are doing?

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By Chapter 3, it has become clear that the pigs, as the leaders of the Rebellion and the new society, have reserved some special privileges to themselves. One early example is that the pigs are mixing the milk (which had been mysteriously disappearing each day) into their mash. This, obviously, contradicts the principles of Animalism, which claimed that all animals were equal. Squealer justifies this apparent injustice by claiming that the pigs are essential to the operation of the farm, and that it is a scientific fact that milk and apples are necessary parts of the diet of a healthy pig. He claims that inadequate nourishment for the pigs will have horrible consequences:

We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades...surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?”

Because the animals most certainly do not want Jones to come back, they agree that the pigs ought to have this special privilege. In any case, Squealer says, the pigs do not even like these delicacies. They eat them only to keep themselves strong for the welfare of Animal Farm and its inhabitants.


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