For a fairy tale about a self-governing farm, Animal Farm sure does pile up the bodies. Old Major may have dreamed about animals frolicking in green pastures, but the reality is more like bloody corpses and split hooves. From the violent Rebellion to the violent Battle of the Windmill to the violent executions, Napoleon's reign is one big ick-fest. Does Animal Farm use violence to invalidate Old Major's ideas? Or is violence the reason everything goes wrong?
At first, violence is restricted to animal-on-human violence. As the pigs become increasingly corrupt, animal-on-animal violence becomes more common.
The working class animals are strong enough that they always present a potential for violent rebellion against the pigs.