Napoleon As A Dictator In Animal Farm

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It is hard to imagine a pig as a ruthless dictator, but that is exactly what happens in the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. In the book, animals on a farm overthrow the farmer because he was not treating them well. The animals take control of the farm and it starts out as a democracy, with the pigs being the natural leaders. There were two main pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, but Napoleon chases Snowball off of the farm. By the end, Napoleon resembles the farmer more than an animal. In Animal Farm by George Orwell, Napoleon is a pig who goes from being democratic to being a dictator. Orwell shows this when Napoleon makes all the decisions himself, harshly treats the animals opposing him, and by showing how selfish Napoleon is. At the beginning of the story, there were Sunday meetings where the animals would make decisions together so that everyone had a say, after Napoleon got some power he did away with these.. Right after Napoleon banished Snowball from the farm, Orwell says, “He [Napoleon] announced that from now on the Sunday-morning Meetings would come to an end.” (54) Before, the animals would congregate and decide what to do, but with the meetings gone, Napoleon can do whatever he wants to without objection. At the beginning of the story, Napoleon attended the Sunday meetings. This proves that Napoleon was democratic, but he transitioned to becoming a dictator after removing the Sunday meetings. Another such incident is when Napoleon decided that a windmill should

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