Evidence that the pigs abuse their power

You could include some of the following points in your essay:

  • Napoleon’s violent power can be seen through his expulsion of Snowball and how he uses the “enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars”
  • Napoleon rules the animals with fear and terror
  • Napoleon uses false confessions and executions to get rid of his enemies
  • Napoleon abuses his power in exploiting Boxer’s goodness and loyalty
  • Napoleon uses Squealer to maintain his dictatorship through propaganda and fear, “He could turn black into white”
  • Squealer brainwashes the other animals by taking advantage of their lack of intelligence
  • Squealer changes and distorts the Seven Commandments, “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others”
  • Squealer repeatedly threatens the animals that Jones will return
  • the pigs break the commandments and trick the other animals, eg trading with humans
  • the pigs use their power for their own good, e.g. they take the apples and milk for themselves
  • the pigs decide on all “questions of farm policy”
  • under the pigs’ control, the animals work 60 hours per week, more than when Jones was in charge of the farm
  • they betray Boxer by selling him