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Napoleon Gained Power over Animal Farm

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Throughout the novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, Napoleon gained, managed and maintained his power over the animals of the farm. Napoleon gained power over the animals by using force, propaganda, manipulating the animals and sending his opposition into exile. His style of leadership involved using the media to support his decisions, enforcing a variety of new laws and using fear to keep himself in a position of superiority over the other animals. By changing events to his advantage and implementing strategies to signify his importance, Napoleon manages to maintain his power.

Napoleon gained power over Animal Farm by manipulating the animals of the farm, using propaganda and forcing his opposition into exile. He used many different tools of propaganda to help gain power, his main implement being the sheep. They were, for sure, a deciding factor in Napoleon’s rise to power because they were easily manipulated and a very effective form of causing events to go his way. For example, Napoleon trained the sheep to break into their favourite slogan of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad’ at vital parts of Snowball’s speeches making it difficult for him to convey his points to the animals of the farm. This helped very much in keeping his oppositions views and beliefs as unnoticed as possible. Napoleon gained complete power through the exiling of Snowball. By using the dogs he had trained in secret, he banished his main opposition from the farm leaving him as the undisputed leader. After using all these strategies Napoleon managed to gain superiority over the animals in Animal Farm.

Once Napoleon had found his place of superiority over the animals he incorporated propaganda, a variety of new laws and fear within his style of leadership and managing the farm. To justify his actions Napoleon would send Squealer to converse with the animals. Squealer would bend the truth with lies to confuse the animals and think that Napoleon was right in all his decisions. “Do not...
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