Compare And Contrast Snowball And Napoleon In Animal Farm

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Animal Farm is set in 1945 on a small farm in England. The events that take place on the farm mimic that of the Russian revolution. The farm is ruled by a cruel man named Mr Jones. The animals get fed up with his cruelty and rebel. They then run the farm with Snowball and Napoleon (the farm pigs) as the leaders. Napoleon is an allegory for Stalin and Snowball is an allegory for Leon Trotsky. The actions of both characters reflect those of the Russian rulers. This essay will focus on the two characters Snowball and Napoleon and discuss the truth they reveal about human nature and
The Character Napoleon who is also a pig Is the main power player in Animal Farm. Napoleon is a ruthless leader who uses all his deceit and wickedness to take over
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They chase Snowball off the farm and Napoleon then declares himself leader (Quote p.35 “nine enormous dogs wearing brass studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball”). Once Napoleon had control over the whole farm he introduced rules that benefited him for example (quote page 45 “it says no animal shall sleep in a bed WITH SHEETS). He kept most of the animals uneducated and hungry. Napoleons cruellest time was when he ordered meeting and slaughtered hundreds of animals who could contest him for power. He also controlled all the resources and scared the other animals with public executions, so the other animals were scared into accepting Napoleons leadership.(Quote page 55. And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the time of Jones). Napoleon was just like Stalin who tried to write Leon Trotsky out of history. As Stalin did with Trotsky Napoleon turned the image of snowball into a scape goat in which the animals could blame all their …show more content…
He is represented as a peaceful leader who generally wants to do good. Snowball is an allegory of Leon Trotsky who throughout history displayed mostly peaceful personality traits. Snowball has some great ideas about improving the farm such as his wind will plan. Snowball also can win over people’s opinions in an instance. For example (Quote p.35 “Until now the animals had been equally divided in their sympathies, but in a moment Snowball’s eloquence had carried them away”). Snowball is a great leader. Snowballs type of leadership style creates fair and peaceful behaviours within the animals giving them harmony and less fear. The animals can also have a say in the decisions Snowball makes because they feel secure under his leadership. The animals then can be fearless under his leadership because like many humans they trust in a strong

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