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Animal Farm- The Pigs Old Major, Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer are the pigs in Animal farm. Old Major is the first main character described by Orwell in Animal Farm. He is a prize winning white boar and the one on whose dream is Animal farm based. It is Old Major's speech which convinces the animals to rebel in the first place, but before he dies he warns the animals, "Your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray. Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest...we must not come to resemble him...No animal must ever live in a house or sleep in a bed, or wear clothes, or drink alcohol, or smoke tobacco, or touch money, or engage in trade." After his death, three days after the barn-yard speech, the socialism he professes is drastically altered when Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer begin their take over. ...read more.

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Napoleon did this by taking nine puppies from their mothers, raising them and using them to create his own private police force. Snowball was a good leader because of his intelligence, strategic planning abilities, eloquent speaking and bravery. For example, the planning of the windmill, his speeches, and his organising and leading from the front in the battle of the cowshed. Napoleon was shown to be an intimating and manipulating pig, who is considered superior among the other pigs. He thinks of himself as elite as he is the only pig on the farm who is a Berkshire boar. it is under the leadership of Napoleon that animal farm is doomed. Napoloen used lies, fear and intimatation to control the other animals. The corruption on animal farm first begins when Napoleon takes the milk and apples from the other animals, breaking the commandment, "All animals are equal". ...read more.

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Orwell describes how power over time turned the pigs from simple "comrades" into ruthless dictators who managed to walk on two legs, and carry whips. In the end Napoloen had abandoned everything that Animalism stood for when he evolved into a pig that lived and acted in the same manner as humans. It is evident throughout the book how the pigs are portrayed from the beginning as the destined leaders of the farm. For example, Orwell shows that Snowball believes the more intellegent animals, such as the pigs,"with their superior knowledge it was natural they should assume the leadership" In the end it is ironic how, as a group the pigs initially were the driving force in over throwing the humans and rallying the other animals to create the vision that first appeared to Old Major. They are a classic example of how power corrupts and in the end their greed led to the loss of what they had created and the ultimate destruction of Animal Farm. Kerry Douglas ...read more.

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