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Napoleon is a very manipulative character

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Napoleon is a very manipulative character. He changes a lot in terms of his traits and interaction with others throughout the novel. His appearance reflects the changes occurring in his behavior. When Napoleon becomes the sole leader of Animal Farm, he seizes power and becomes more and more like a human. The following quotes display his manipulative characteristics as he slowly, but surely, becomes the sole dictator of the Animal Farm. Orwell describes Napoleon's physical appearance, "Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way." (35) This was how Napoleon looked and acted at the beginning of the novel. He was bulky and fat; like Snowball. By the last chapter of the book, Orwell describes Napoleon's appearance: "Napoleon was now a mature boar of twenty-four stone." He had gotten much larger, almost as big as Old Major, while other lower animals died of starvation. He still looked like the same Berkshire boar that had wanted to grant the animals unlimited amounts of food. But, his motivation for power changed him. He obviously was looking out for himself while other less fortunate animals were suffering from hunger. Napoleon was a greedy pig from the start: "'Never mind the milk, comrades!' cried Napoleon...the milk had disappeared...it was mixed every day into the pigs' mash. (44, 51) As he gained immense power, he became more and more demanding, ending up taking the food from the lower-class animals. ...read more.

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He had also used Squealer to spread propaganda in favor of himself; Napoleon was thorough and brainwashed the animals to believing he was the most superior animal on the farm so there would never be a rebellion against him. His greediness and maliciousness had caused great negative changes within the animals' lives. He had become a harsh dictator of a totalitarian government as he changed the Seven Commandments the final time, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." (133) Napoleon had become what Old Major had spoken strongly against and what he himself had originally despised. Under Napoleon's dictatorship, the animals ended up worse off than serving for Mr. Jones. Character of Old Major: Old Major was Jones' prized white boar. "He was twelve years old had had lately grown rather stout, but he was a majestic looking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance in spite that his tushes had never been cut." (26) With the exception of perhaps Benjamin, the pigs were the most intelligent of the animals. Old Major was highly respected and seen as a leader by the others. Nearing the end of his life, he had become very wise and wished to communicate a dream with the other animals. Every animal was looking forward to what he was about to say. "We are born, given just so much food as to keep the breath in out bodies, and those who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of their strength. ... No animal in England is free. ...read more.

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(125) Besides this speech, there were numerous others in which Squealer had convinced the animals with lies about certain events, such as the bad fortunes that have happened in Animal Farm. Due to the fact that Squealer had inserted so much emotion into his stories, his propaganda was extremely effective. Squealer's propaganda techniques were very creative. To create a great number of lies over countless times is not a simple thing. But, Squealer was very clever. He always managed to create reasonable stories to cover up the misfortunes on Animal Farm by blaming everything on Snowball, the "traitor": "'Comrades!' cried Squealer, making little nervous skips, 'a most terrible thing has been discovered. Snowball has sold himself to Frederick of Pinchfield Farm, who is even now plotting to attack us and take our farm away from us!'" (89) This long-expected attack came later on and Squealer, using his cleverness, blamed it all on Snowball and Frederick so that Napoleon's faults to sell the timber to Frederick for counterfeit money would not be discovered. It was also to portray Napoleon as the good guy, since many animals had thought that Napoleon had done wrong by chasing Snowball off the farm. His cleverness and Napoleon's devious plans eventually took over the farm and the minds of the animals. Squealer was proud of his boss, Napoleon. His propaganda worked beautifully, just like Napoleon had wanted. He obeyed Napoleon without question, like the other lower animals. But, he was clever at tricking the animals with his talent of acting and good mind. Squealer, spreading propaganda and being a manipulator of others, played a vital role in the novel. ...read more.

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