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Character Analysis Of George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Character Analysis: Animal Farm While most people rarely equate a farm to a political system, George Orwell ties a series of rather unordinary events into a much deeper metaphor in the novel Animal Farm. On a farm in the English countryside, animals revolt against the farmer and seize control of the land, with two pigs named Napoleon and Snowball as the de facto leaders of the newly-liberated farm. However, the supposedly ideal “Animal Farm” does not go without its share of problems, nor does it adhere to its original model. In Animal Farm, Orwell develops the novel’s antagonist, Napoleon, as a character parallel to Joseph Stalin, illustrating the rise of a dictator through his use of dialogue, actions, and symbols. Napoleon is seldom quoted in the book, but Orwell paraphrases his thoughts and speech frequently. Nevertheless, dictatorial similarities between Napoleon and Stalin emerge quickly through his words; Napoleon vehemently denounces Snowball soon after he is removed from the farm. He blames the farm’s misfortunes on Snowball, including the damaged windmill, saying, “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!” (Orwell 69). Napoleon’s denunciation and blaming of Snowball is similar to the Stalin’s rivalry with Leon Trotsky, whom he ultimately defeated in the race to power (“Joseph Stalin”). Additionally, at the end of the story, Napoleon renounces the name of
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