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mrsk8 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2009 at 8:41 AM via web

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What is an example of the differences between the pigs and the other animals in Animal Farm?

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carlien | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:24 PM (Answer #1)

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Hi! You do not specify the chapters?!?

The main differences, at first, between the animals and pigs are:

  • Pigs eat the apples and drink the milk.
  • The pig oversee the work on the farm, they do not do any phyisal labour as such.
  • The pigs control the Sunday meetings in the Barn.

As the novel progresses and he pigs become more and more dominant on the farm, they start taking other privileges:

  • The sleep in beds, with blankets.
  • They drink whiskey
  • They have complete rule over the other animals.
  • What Napoleon says, is the law! (Eloquently instated by Squealer)
  • Whilst the other animals are starving, the pigs eat well and prosper. (Napoleon fathers many piglets)
  • The pigs decide about trade with the other farms.
  • Napoleon sells Boxer to the glue boiler!

Hope that helps.

The question was a bit vague! Let me know if this does not completely answer your question.

Regards.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM (Answer #2)

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At first, the major difference between the pigs and the other animals is that the pigs are more intelligent; it is never specified whether they have superior brains or are just willing to study harder, but they learn to read and write long before the others. As the farm begins its run under animal ownership, the pigs set themselves apart from the others by assuming supervisory roles: they figure things out but do little actual labor.

The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership. Boxer and Clover would harness themselves to the cutter or the horse-rake... and tramp steadily round and round the field with a pig walking behind and calling out [directions].
(Orwell, Animal Farm, msxnet.org)

Later, the pigs begin to give themselves luxuries that the other animals do not get; they move into the farmhouse, sleep in beds, consume more and better food, and drink alcohol. In this way, the pigs distance themselves as "leaders" and "brainworkers" from the "working class" of all the other animals. In time, the animals are conditioned to accept that the pigs receive better treatment, better food, and have ultimate authority despite performing no real labor in support of the farm and the common good.

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