Squealer’s subsequent announcement that the executions have ended the Rebellion connects them to the period of the Red Terror, however.
Orwell leaves some ambiguity in the identities of the Rebellion and the Battle of the Cowshed.
Orwell emphasizes the insidiousness of totalitarianism early in the novel, when the pigs take the fresh milk and apples.
The pigs justify their actions on the basis of their superiority; they are smart and need more nutrition than the other animals to fuel their brainpower.
is a satire of totalitarian governments in their many guises.
But Orwell composed the book for a more specific purpose: to serve as a cautionary tale about Stalinism.
They translate Major’s vision of the future faithfully into the Seven Commandments of Animalism.
However, it is not long before the pigs’ intelligence and education turn from tools of enlightenment to implements of oppression.
Following Major’s death, the pigs are the ones that take on the task of organizing and mobilizing the other animals because they are “generally recognized as being the cleverest of the animals” (35).
At first, the pigs are loyal to their fellow animals and to the revolutionary cause.