Violence in Animal Farm is a tool of political oppression. Not only do we see actual violence used to kill and to exile enemies of the leadership, but equally important is the threat of violence. If any animal rebels or questions the pigs’ leadership, he or she can expect to face violence as a punishment.
The progression of violence from battles between the animals and the humans to abuse within Animal Farm itself is the most significant outcome of the pigs’ corruption.
Because of the strength of the working class animals, particularly Boxer, the potential for violence against the pigs presents a constant potential for rebellion.