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Animal Farm-George Orwell - Napoleon and Snowball are very similar in many respects, but as the story progresses, we can see they have very different ideas and attitudes.

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Animal Farm-George Orwell Napoleon and Snowball are very similar in many respects, but as the story progresses, we can see they have very different ideas and attitudes. Using the first five chapters, show how George Orwell presents and explores these similarities, ideas and attitudes. The whole rebellion was organised and planned by the pigs. They "were generally recognised as being the cleverest of the animals." Among these animals was Snowball and Napoleon. Napoleon was a "large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar...not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way." Snowball was the total opposite of Napoleon. Snowball was a "more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character." Napoleon and Snowball with the help of Squealer, who was a "small fat pig," turned Old Major's teachings into reality and a "complete system of thought, which they gave the name of Animalism." They used to have secret meetings, when Mr Jones was asleep in the barn and spread the rules and teachings of Animalism. ...read more.

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When the animals came back the milk had gone. The milk and also the apples were for the pigs. Napoleon sent out Squealer, the public relations officer, to explain why. He was very persuasive. He said that the whole farm depended on the pigs. He blackmailed them and said that the pigs need the apples and milk for good health, otherwise Mr Jones would come back. The first disagreement was about Snowballs committees, "Napoleon took no interest in Snowball's committees. He said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up." His intention was to brainwash the young ones into thinking what he wanted them to. He demonstrates this when he takes the newborn puppies way from their mothers. He educates the puppies for his own evil purposes, while Snowball is organizing "The Egg Production Committee" for the hens and the "Clean Tails League" for the cows. When Jones comes back with his men to try and reclaim the farm Snowball was fully prepared. ...read more.

Conclusion

Snowball had persuaded the majority of the animals that this was a good idea. Suddenly Napoleon called in the dogs he had trained to chase Snowball out of the farm. He sees this as an opportunity to take charge. He thinks that Snowball is a threat to his power. He wanted to take control and do what benefited him. He uses Squealer to tell them that Snowball was a traitor and uses him as a scapegoat in his plans, and everything that comes to harm his regime will be blamed on Snowball. Some animals were in disagreement with Snowball being expelled, but accepted it when the dogs growled. A few weeks later Squealer tells the animals that the building of the windmill will go ahead and the only reason that Napoleon was opposed to them was to get rid of Snowball. Squealer repeated a number of times, "tactics, comrades, tactics!" None of the animals knew what this word meant, but because Squealer was so persuasive they just accepted it. Napoleon was putting his plan into action and brain washing all the animals into thinking that he was always right. He already succeeded with Boxer, "If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right." ...read more.

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