Discuss how power is shown in Animal Farm and "The Lottery."
In both works, power is shown to be an exercise of exclusion. The only way that power can be reasonably executed is when there is a sense of exclusion present and when individuals are isolated from it. Power is not a shared and participatory experience as much as it is exclusionary. Napoleon and Squealer eliminate Snowball, who actually wants to make power a shared experience. Napoleon and Squealer are animated about the idea of ensuring that the pigs demonstrate power over the other animals. In Jackson's village, Tessie finds herself as a part of the power structure until her name is drawn. At this point, she is on the outside of power. Her claims of unfairness and a lack of "right" is reflective of how power is used against those on the outside, such as Tessie. In this, one sees power as a way to isolate individuals, silence dissent, and ensure that the base of power continues with an "us versus them" mentality. Such a reality demonstrates a similarity in both works as to how power is constructed and how it continues. Power and its use are shown to be exclusionary experiences in both works.