How are the humans shown in chapter 6 of Animal Farm?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The humans that are depicted in the sixth chapter might be bad, but their deception is nowhere close to Napoleon and the pigs.  The humans are shown to be one step slower than the animals.  For example, Whymper is used by Napoleon to broker deals with other farms.  Jones is pretty much resigned to not getting his farm back, and Napoleon is able to play Pilkington and Frederick against one another.  The pigs, specifically Napoleon and Snowball, are the power brokers.  They are the ones who are able to manipulate people and situations to their advantage.  The humans, once seen as this very essence of power, now seem to occupy a tangential role.  However, they are used by the pigs as an example of the ultimate evil.  This is done to mask to the true evil of the pigs, who begin to reveal themselves as completely violating the spirit of Animalism that is revealed in this section.  The humans are benign, by comparison, to the malignancy of the pigs in chapter 6.