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
greed

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