Animal Farm Essay

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It can be thought that those who always put their people first are the most successful leaders. In the book Animal Farm by George Orwell, the pig Snowball adopts this style of leadership. His actions and intentions are always for the best of the group. Others may not use this leadership style like Napoleon another pig competing for the title of leader of Animal Farm. Napoleon instead uses his power to “lead the group”. He suppresses, persecutes, and uses fear to keep control of the masses and to eventually become the leader. Snowball may have the people’s vote but, he’s against Napoleon’s brute force. It may seem that power and only power is necessary to be a successful leader but, the ...view middle of the document...

Although, even if he was involved in the fighting, he did nothing significant. Otherwise it would have been mention and he would have been given a medal. “…Napoleon emerged from the farmhouse, wearing both his medals (for he had recently awarded himself “Animal Hero, First Class, and Animal Hero, Second Class.” He wants all the reward with no sacrifice. He stresses the importance of the animal farms existence and how they should fight as hard as they can for it, yet he puts himself above the others.
When Mr. Jones is run off the farm Snowball and Napoleon compete with one another to become the leader. Snowball follows in the steps of Old Major who created Animalism. He wants to improve the lives of the animals with the windmill which would allow the animals to not work as much by using electricity that the windmill would generate. “Electricity, he said, could operate threshing-machines, ploughs, harrows, rollers and reapers and binders, besides supplying every stall with its own electric light, hot and cold water and an electric heater.” (pg. 35) With the idea of the windmill and the better life that will come with it, Snowball gains the majority of the animals to side with him. Napoleon soon becomes concerned that he will lose his authority because of this and takes action, “...Napoleon stood up and, casting a peculiar sidelong look at Snowball, uttered a high-pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before. At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws. In a moment he was out of the door and they were after him.”(pg. 35) He uses his nine dogs that he took from their mother to chase Snowball off the farm. With Snowball gone and with no one to argue against he convinces the animals that Snowball was plotting with Mr. Jones the whole time, “...Snowball, who, as we now know was no better than a criminal?” (pg. 37) Squealer corrupts the minds of the other animals into thinking that Snowball was not doing the best for the farm and that he was doing the exact opposite when in fact Napoleon is doing so. When Snowball left so did all of the good on animal farm. Napoleon can now take full control of the farm along with the other pigs, no more meetings and debates that could possibly challenge Napoleon. Napoleon has all the power now and has become the dictator of Animal Farm. The windmill is still going to be built but for different reasons and now as Napoleon as the inventor of this idea. The windmill is now only built so that Napoleon and the pig will gain not all of the animals. It will increase productivity with the larger easier harvests and therefore be a financial advantage to Napoleon. Snowball wanted everyone to benefit from the windmill and have everyone live an easier lifestyle but, the greedy Napoleon does not let that happen...

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