Animal Farm: Character Analysis of Napoleonby: George OrwellFall ’96″Napoleon was a large rather fierce looking Berkshire boar,” that was spoiledand always got his way.
He was the only pig of the kind on the farm. Napoleonwas a great rival to Snowball. Snowball was very outspoken while Napoleon wasvery secretive and did not talk much. Napoleon and Snowball prepare for theRebellion in a very similar manner, and have many goals alike. Old Major’svision was important to both Napoleon and Snowball and develop his ideas into aplan.
The society was to be set-up after the Rebellion. Napoleon’s planbenefits himself while Snowball’s are benefiting to all the animals. After theRebellion Napoleon takes charge of the milk and the apples, at this time theplan that benefits him is put into action. Napoleon does not take part in theactivities for the animals. As part of Napoleon’s plan he disagrees withSnowball on most of the issues.
Napoleon is a secretive plotter that worksbehind the scenes and someday plans to eliminate Snowball as a rival. Forexample he secretly trained the guard dogs in secret, keeping them completelyhidden from view. Napoleon was also very good at developing support for hisideas, after meetings he would talk to the other animals one on one and”psychologically brainwash” them. He is very kiniving in his ways to get morepower and is always trying to discredit and undermine the other animals. Onetime he urinated on Snowball’s plans for the windmill.
Napoleon’s sense oftiming is keen and this is very useful is his quest for more power. At just theright time he implies that Snowball’s teachings are not beneficial to the otheranimals. Then the time comes when Napoleon has to carry out the rest of hisplan, getting rid of Snowball. But by the time the animals realize what isgoing on Napoleon has taken control and is ready for any objections. Napoleoneventually gains total power and symbolizes a despotic ruler. In this bookNapoleon represents “Stalin and his counterpart in the Russian Revolution.
Napoleon always has to have the best produce, best quarters, whiskey, andclothing. He distracts the other animals from the fact that he is modifying theoriginal Animal Farm visions. He ruthlessly kills anyone who protests hisactions. He keeps the animals working long hours at immense projects likebuilding the windmill and a new school. Napoleon keeps the animals busy for onereason, so they don’t think about what is happening to them and their lives.
Healso had the animals give him credit for every good thing that happens to them. Then Napoleon decides he needs a scapegoat and of course he chooses Snowball. Napoleon character does not change throughout the novel, he is greedy and alwaysgets his way. And he also wants more and more because he has a never endinggreed