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Discuss the role of a major character in Animal Farm. What conflicts does he have to face?

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Discuss the role of a major character in Animal Farm. What conflicts does he have to face? Introduction:Animal Farm is a short story written by George Orwell in 1945. He had a lot of difficulty getting it published due to its underlying criticism of the political situation in Russia at the time. The story takes place on a farm somewhere in England. The owner of the farm, Mr.Jones, comes into conflict with the animals. The animals rebel, and finally scare him away. Two of the strongest animals, Napoleon and Snowball (two pigs), think that they can run the farm. Napoleon: Both Napoleon and Snowball felt that they should both be leaders in the early stages of the Revolution. Snowball had many ideas about how the Farm should be run but he came into conflict with Napoleon over many of them. Napoleon, was a shrewd pig who could see that he could not carry on working with Snowball. ...read more.

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As in Russia, the idea of Socialism soon changed to a virtual dictatorship, with Napoleon ordering animals to build and work while he sat around. When some of the other animals decided that he should no longer be a leader, Napoleon set the dogs on them and had them slaughtered. He had become power mad, going totally against the ideas of socialism, and ruling through fear, as did Stalin. As time went on, he became like Mr.Jones, caring for himself without thinking about the others, which was partly the reason for the original Revolution. Food rations were under his control, making sure that he got plently but the animals got just enough to keep them working. Soon after the Revolution the animals got together to make seven commandments that they should all stick to, but Napoleon slowly moved away from them as his power increased. One of them, 'no animal should kill another animal' was ignored by Napoleon when he slaughtered those against him. ...read more.

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As a result non of the other animals ever got close to him, he was very much alone and perhaps this also made him resent some of the animals with the friendships they had. Conclusion: Orwell set out to express his feelings and thoughts on the situation in Russia. By using the basis of a farm and the animals to take the place of people, he was able say more of what he really felt. Napoleon, the leader, pushing himself into the position after the Revolution ( the similar situation with Stalin), anyone not agreeing with his ideas is ejected from the community (as with Snowball). Slowly becoming all powerful, as he sees how easy it becomes to lead, especially with guards by his side that are feared by the rest. Any disagreement is dealt with severly (the dogs). Finally by the end, the situation turns around so it is not so different from the farm that was run by Mr.Jones that caused the original Revolution. The four legged animal slowly becomes the two legged enemy that was hated by all the farm animals. ...read more.

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