How do the pigs act in Animal Farm?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The pigs act in a manner that represents power.  From the very start of the work, the pigs act with the full knowledge that they carry the power on the farm.  In the first chapter, the pigs sit in the front of Old Major as he delivers his speech, readily absorbing every word as they understand that they are going to be the ones to carry out his vision.  In the second chapter, the pigs are the ones who initiate the calls to revolution.  In the third chapter, the pigs' actions are still reflective of the power distribution element as they are the ones who are still in the position of power, as shown by the situation with the missing milk.  As the novel progresses, Napoleon and Squealer are able to act in a manner that consolidates their own power, while excluding Snowball.  As the novel reaches its end, the pigs have successfully acted in a manner that demonstrates absolute power corrupts absolutely.  They are fundamentally no different than the human beings in their use of power and abuse of the animals.  It is in this where it is clear that the pigs' act in a manner that demonstrates a coveting of power and a desire to keep it, controlling the other animals at all costs.