How Does Napoleon Take and Maintain Control Of Animal Farm?

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How Does Napoleon Take and Maintain Control

Of Animal Farm?

George Orwell’s character Napoleon is a very clever and sly animal. He uses several methods to take and maintain control of the farm. His primary methods are by using fear, by exploiting the animal and by bending the rules. Napoleon uses is intellect to good effect as far as self-interest is concerned.

Napoleon instills fear as a way of giving the animal no chance to argue about what he says. This allows him to run the farm in his own manner and gives him a more confortable life than the other animals. Early on in Animal Farm, Napoleon takes Jessie and Bluebells nine newborn puppies. These puppies become the forefront of his campaign of fear. He uses them to gain power by eliminating his nemesis, Snowball “They dashed straight for Snowball…he slipped through a hole in the hedge and was seen no more.” Also, Napoleon used the dogs in the public forum he created by setting an example of what would happen to those animals who chose to disobey him. When it was revealed that some of the animals had done things to side with the Snowball, Napoleon executed them in front of everyone else. Orwell’s character Squealer was given a great ability to speak, this helped Napoleon get out of sticky situations and inscribe fear into the animals’ heads all at once. When any of the animals questioned any of Napoleons actions, he would confuse the animals with his intellect but would do it in a cunning way by asking, “Surely Comrades, you do not want Jones back?” By using this persuasive rhetorical question, the animals wouldn’t question what it was Jones had done and would just get on with things.

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Not only did Napoleon instill fear upon the animals, he exploited them and did other things such as establish trade links to deal with the financial side of keeping control of the farm. Boxer was the most loyal, hard working “comrade” on the farm. Napoleon abuses his loyalty by getting all the work out of him that he can, then selling him to the slaughterhouse to get the last possible bit of money out of him. Also Napoleon uses the convincing speeches of Squealer as a way of preventing the animals being enraged by the killing of Boxer “the ...

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A good essay that analyses the character well. I would recommend more analysis of structure and how themes are used but changed throughout the plot. I would also consider social and historical factors that influenced the writing in more detail. 4 Stars