Honore de Balzac once said “Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on it can ever turn it into a fact. This quote connects to the theme “With power there’s never true equality.” Because although equality should be a given, while there is power present in society, it will never happen. Animal Farm by George Orwell is a novel about a farm that is overtaken by its animals. They assign one pig, Napoleon, to power. He began to only benefit the pigs and the other animals were often oppressed. “Mouseland” by Tommy Douglas is a story about cats leading a town of mice, and making rules that only benefitted the cat, and endangered the mice. The common theme in both these stories is similar to the theme the quote presented, “With power there’s never true equality.” The authors of both Animal Farm and “Mouseland” use the narrative techniques of conflict and characterization to illustrate political messages about power and equality.
The first narrative technique used to illustrate the theme was conflict. One example of theme being illustrated through conflict was in Animal Farm when the pigs stole all the milk and apples from the other animals. On page 36 of the novel it says “It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed out duty? Jones would come back!” This quote shows the pigs manipulating the other animals into believing that them taking the milk and apples is benefitting them by saying if they didn’t eat