Describe ways in which the pigs lives are different from those of the other animals on the farm.
In his novel 1984, Orwell focuses on the power of language and how language can control behavior. In Animal Farm, we see the use of language as the biggest distinguisher between the pigs and the other animals. The pigs do not just use language to communicate, they use it to manipulate. Old Major uses stirring rhetoric to convince the animals to rebel. Squealer, whose very name implies speech, uses propaganda and wordplay to subdue the animals and get their support for Napoleon's plans. Napoleon and the other pigs use language to first establish rules and then change those rules, all to benefit themselves. The revelation at the novel's end highlights the use of language to separate the animals from each other. At the end, the animals can no longer separate the pigs from the men. Man's use of language has long been considered one of the key factor that separates humans from other animals. Therefore, in this novel, it the separator between the pigs and the other animals.
In addition to the examples in the previous post, below are some others that describe how the pigs' lives are different from their non-swine counterparts in Animal Farm.
- Napoleon designates separate apartments for himself inside the house.
- The pigs acquire a taste for whiskey, and after Napoleon at first fears he is dying (he is only drunk), plans are made to set up a distillery.
- The pigs are allowed to execute animals in spite of the Sixth Commandment.
- Napoleon decrees that he alone can eat sugar, even forbidding the other pigs from this delicacy.
- The pigs continue to live inside the house, using oil to heat it from the winter cold.
From Chapter 9.
First of all, food is getting short and just about everyone has to make do with less of it. Everyone is on half rations except the pigs and the dogs.
Second, there are a whole bunch of young pigs born. They get educated where no one else does. They are also told not to play with the other animals.
Not only that, but whenever a pig met another animal, the other animal had to get out of the way for the pig.
Finally, the pigs, and only the pigs, had the right to wear green ribbons on their tails every Sunday.