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Animal farm character analysis of napoleon

Animal Farm: Character Analysis of Napoleon

by: George Orwell Book Review by George Lacy Mrs. Spain Fall '96

"Napoleon was a large rather fierce looking Berkshire boar," that was spoiled

and always got his way. He was the only pig of the kind on the farm. Napoleon

was a great rival to Snowball. Snowball was very outspoken while Napoleon was

very secretive and did not talk much. Napoleon and Snowball prepare for the

Rebellion in a very similar manner, and have many goals alike. Old Major's

vision was important to both Napoleon and Snowball and develop his ideas into a

plan. The society was to be set-up after the Rebellion. Napoleon's plan

benefits himself while Snowball's are benefiting to all the animals. After the

Rebellion Napoleon takes charge of the milk and the apples, at this time the

plan that benefits him is put into action. Napoleon does not take part in the

activities for the animals. As part of Napoleon's plan he disagrees with

Snowball on most of the issues. Napoleon is a secretive plotter that works

behind the scenes and someday plans to eliminate Snowball as a rival. For

example he secretly trained the guard dogs in secret, keeping them completely

hidden from view. Napoleon was also very good at developing support for his

ideas, after meetings he would talk to the other animals one on one and

"psychologically brainwash" them. He is very kiniving in his ways to get more

power and is always trying to discredit and undermine the other animals. One

time he urinated on Snowball's plans for the windmill. Napoleon's sense of

timing is keen and this is very useful is his quest for more power. At just the

right time he implies that Snowball's teachings are not beneficial to the other

animals. Then the time comes when Napoleon has to carry out the rest of his

plan, getting rid of Snowball. But by the time the animals realize what is

going on Napoleon has taken control and is ready for any objections. Napoleon

eventually gains total power and symbolizes a despotic ruler. In this book

Napoleon represents "Stalin and his counterpart in the Russian Revolution.

Napoleon always has to have the best produce, best quarters, whiskey, and

clothing. He distracts the other animals from the fact that he is modifying the

original Animal Farm visions. He ruthlessly kills anyone who protests his

actions. He keeps the animals working long hours at immense projects like

building the windmill and a new school. Napoleon keeps the animals busy for one

reason, so they don't think about what is happening to them and their lives. He

also had the animals give him credit for every good thing that happens to them.

Then Napoleon decides he needs a scapegoat and of course he chooses Snowball.

Napoleon character does not change throughout the novel, he is greedy and always

gets his way. And he also wants more and more because he has a never ending


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