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Napoleon was able to take command of animal farm using several different methods. He used the stupid animals like the sheep and the dogs, he uses snowball as a non-present "threat" by saying that he is to blame for vicious rumours sent round the farm, probably started by one of the pigs. He also uses the pigs to mingle with other animals and talk about how wonderful Napoleon is and how he is always right. Also he uses physical things to distinguish him from the other pigs and animals. The Sheep and The Dogs Napoleon uses the sheep because they were quite stupid and gullible. Once he had taught them the maxim "four legs good, two legs bad" they bleated it over and over whenever they were troubled or there was an argument going on. This meant no one could hear what was going on so the arguing had to stop, meaning that Napoleon often won arguments between him and Snowball. ...read more.


He also tells the animals that Snowball is living on a neighbouring farm and is plotting to attack Animal farm. Then later on in the story when the windmill gets knocked down for the first time Napoleon blames it on Snowball. Also the whole way through the story there are always roomers going around the farm about what Snowball might do next. When Napoleon is getting the animals to confess to their treachery and then slaughtering them they animals all say they have been persuaded to do such evil things by Snowball, whether he came to them in a dream, visited them under the cover of night or got them on their own during the day. I could not quite work this out as I thought that Snowball was just a spoken "threat" and that he no longer had anything to do with any of the animals on the farm. ...read more.


The Physical Side Gradually, as the story goes on, Napoleon's appearance changes. From the story you can gather that he continuously gains weight, gets bigger in size, his head gets bigger and the most noticeable change of all was when he started to walk on his hind legs. At the end of the story he weighs about 20stone, is wearing clothes, and walking on his hind legs. The story finishes with the animals finally realising what has changed. They can't tell the difference between the humans and the pigs! Conclusion In this book George Orwell uses irony all the way through to liken the situation in the book to what was going on around him. Most of the story we can have an outside view of what is going on in the story and see exactly what is happening when the animals can't. Most of the time the pigs have manipulated the whole situation so as they can use it to their advantage. Jennie Hunt 9.7 ...read more.

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