After Major's death Napoleon and Snowball, two boars led the rebellion where soon things start to change. Orwell builds Napoleon's career in reference to this quote, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Napoleon cheated, manipulated, and killed because of greediness for one's place in power. Mr. Jones tries to reclaim his power but the animals prevent him from doing so in what they call "The Battle of the Cowshed." After the battle, Napoleon drives Snowball off the farm telling everyone that Snowball was on Mr. Jones' side.
Napoleon had fooled the animals by using Snowball as a scapegoat; he said to them, “Comrades, do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL! Snowball has done this thing. Here and now I pronounce the death sentence upon Snowball” (72).
Instead of leading the farm in complete animalism as originally planned, Napoleon only became the enemy they had just defeated. Stalin, instead of leading the USSR in communism, slowly led it into a totalitarianism government. This allegorical novel serves as a clear interpretation of the Russian Revolution. Orwell's description of Snowball and Napoleon clearly depicts Trotsky and Stalin. Also, the comparable circumstances, such as the hatred for the farmer (the czar), and the overworked animals (the people), made the novel realistic.
“Several nights a week after Mr. Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings in the barn and expounded the principles of Animalism to the others” (Orwell 10). Snowball and Napoleon started preparing for the revolution, hoping for justice to take its course as a result of the rebellion. They had a perfect vision of what their situation could be like after the revolution. They knew they needed power to begin their plans and they hoped for the justic... ... middle of paper ... ...d to in formal style as “our Leader, Comrade Napoleon”, the pigs liked to invent for him such titles as Father of All Animals”(Orwell 62). The Comrades became brainwashed and started seeing Napoleon, who is just another animal like them, as a Father.
Napoleon is represented by Joseph Stalin and much like him, he builds loyalties within the communist party ( pigs and dogs) so that he can overthrow Snowball (Trostky). Snowball displaying similar traits with Trotsky in the fact that they both fight bravely in their respective battles. Trotsky was an important component to the victory in the Russian civil war, Snowball displaying this bravery during the battle of the cowshed. The hens, geese, and sheep that are executed are a representation of the millions who opposed Stalin's, and who are killed banished as a result. The hens and geese are not known for their docile natures, and serve as perfect rebels .
This is comparable to what Joseph Stalin did during his totalitarian rule, making use of the NKVD, his secret police force, to get rid of his political enemies. On the other hand, Snowball is d... ... middle of paper ... ...the human race had been finally overthrown.” (31). The horn and hoof on the flag represent the new society founded on the farm after the animals overthrow the humans. This is allegorical to the hammer and sickle used by the Soviet Union and other Communist states. Indeed, references to Communist ideals and symbols are quite prevalent throughout Animal Farm.
On Pig, Napoleon, who is power hungry, kicks his co-leader, Snowball, and then becomes a tyrant. He mistreats the other animals in a similar way as the farmer mistreated them. The animals are back to square one, and no improvement has been made. This new regime shows the other animals that the pigs are no better than- and indeed, come to resemble- the humans they supplanted. After Lenin’s death, there were two guys ready for the job of taking over the communist party.
Snowball, who was chased of the farm by Napoleon's personal bodyguards, portrayed by dogs, is being used as a scapegoat, "Whenever anything went wrong, it became usual to attribute it to Snowball." Napoleon, with the help of his dogs, slaughters anyone who is said to be disloyal. ". . .the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones."
Napoleon figures out a way to get Snowball kicked out of the farm so he can be the leader himself. Napoleon is a back-stabbing traitor. He becomes just like the humans and dominates over the other animals. Napoleon breaks the laws but since he has the other animals in such a strong hold they do not seem to care. Napoleon is the evil character in this novel.
Napoleon is now the leader of the farm and starts to propose his own ideas, but does reveal that he wants the windmill to be built, he tells the animals that Snowball stole the idea from him. Squealer is now the person that relays information from Napoleon to the other ani... ... middle of paper ... ...believe that the book would have been better. I would compare the recent chapters I read to the political parties of today’s society. This is because the way that the author depicts Napoleon and Snowball as leaders and their different tactics of how they want to be “elected” by the other animals. Then Napoleon drives Snowball out and basically forced the animals to accept him as his leader.