In Animal Farm, what early indication does Orwell give to show that not all of the animals are treated equally?
One of the earliest indications that not all animals are truly equal comes when the animals discover that the pigs are keeping the cow milk for themselves instead of sharing it out. They are annoyed with this seeming betrayal of Old Major's total equality philosophy, but are tempered by Squealer and his gift for spinning the truth:
"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? ...We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back!"
(Orwell, Animal Farm, george-orwell.org)
Squealer uses the tactic of uniting the animals against a common enemy to excuse the breach of justice, and the other animals cannot reason well enough to fully comprehend the situation. By pretending that the unequal distribution of food -- food that should be considered common property by the laws of Animalism -- is actually a selfless act of compassion, Squealer appears to be sharing in their hard work, even though he and the other pigs do far less work. His appeal is not to reason, but to emotion; share the milk equaly and the animals will bring their oppressor back! This conveniently hides the fact that the pigs are on their way to replacing and surpassing Jones in the role of supreme ruler.
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