Animal Farm Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

Animal Farm book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Why are the pigs in Animal Farm bad leaders?

Expert Answers info

Scott David eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write1,146 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

In the interest of nuance, it's important to note that, while the pigs hold a position of leadership within the farm, they're not entirely a unified bloc. Indeed, a major theme in the early part of Animal Farm is the conflict between Snowball and Napoleon for control of the farm. Snowball himself, as Napoleon's great opponent, is depicted as courageous (given his exploits in the Battle of the Cowshed) and, by all accounts, appears well intentioned. To this we must add the example of Major himself, the founder of Animalism, with his ideals of animal equality. Looking beyond the major personalities, you have the additional example of the four young pigs who raise opposition to Napoleon's dictatorial ambitions, only to be forcibly silenced and eventually executed, representing the purges in Stalinist Russia. That being said, even from early in the book, we see the presence of corruption among the pigs, and their subversion of animalist principle. Consider the ending of chapter 2 , with the...

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 861 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

David Morrison eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2017

write11,865 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write10,315 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

missy575 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write2,291 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial