This essay, will explore the similarities and differences between Napoleon and Snowball, the characters from animal farm.
Napoleon is a fictional character and the main character in George Orwell Animal Farm. At first He was a common pig, he then gets rid of Snowball, another pig who shares power with him. He then takes advantage of the animal's uprising against the humans and eventually becomes the President of Animal Farm, which he turns into a dictatorship.
Napoleon is based on Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for 30 years. His name comes from the French general Napoleon Bonaparte, who was power crazy and a dictator. He was a Berkshire pig and the only one on the farm, which is similar to Stalin being the only Georgian in the Soviet government. From the start he is obviously a bad pig. Napoleon fights along with fellow pig Snowball to free the farm from the humans, but afterwards he starts some suspicious activity, such as drinking the milk the animals have worked for, and taking Bluebell and Jessie's puppies for himself. Napoleon chooses the date of the meeting about the farm's new windmill to turn on Snowball and get control of the farm. This is similar to the relationship between Stalin and Trotsky. When it looks like Snowball will win the election for his plans, Napoleon calls in the dogs, who chase Snowball from the farm. After getting rid of Snowball, Napoleon orders the construction of the windmill which had been designed by Snowball and which he had been totally against. He does this to show the animals that he could be just as clever as Snowball. Some animals are told it was Napoleon's idea, but Snowball stole it. When the windmill collapses due to Napoleon's poor planning after a storm, he blames Snowball and starts a wave of terror. He orders the execution of some of the animals after torturing them for confessions. He also secretly changes the Seven Commandments rules against killing, drinking, and sleeping in beds, allowing...
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