Napoleon was able to take command of animal farm using several
different methods. He used the stupid animals like the sheep and the
dogs, he uses snowball as a non-present "threat" by saying that he is
to blame for vicious rumours sent round the farm, probably started by
one of the pigs. He also uses the pigs to mingle with other animals
and talk about how wonderful Napoleon is and how he is always right.
Also he uses physical things to distinguish him from the other pigs
The Sheep and The Dogs
Napoleon uses the sheep because they were quite stupid and gullible.
Once he had taught them the maxim "four legs good, two legs bad" they
bleated it over and over whenever they were troubled or there was an
argument going on. This meant no one could hear what was going on so
the arguing had to stop, meaning that Napoleon often won arguments
between him and Snowball. Later on Napoleon taught them a new maxim
that went "four legs good, two legs better!" This was after the pigs
had paraded around the yard, walking on their hind legs.
When the two bitches, Jessie and Bluebell, gave birth to nine pups
Napoleon took them away from every other animal for ages until they
had all forgotten about them. This was ironic because we didn't
realise the importance of this until the dogs re-appeared, even then
the animals didn't pick up on this. When he suddenly brings them back
into the story it appears he has trained them to be very aggressive
and to protect him. Also to hate snowball, this is when snowball is
chased off the farm by the dogs.
Once Napoleon has gotten rid of his rival snowball, he is free to use
him to his advantage. He tells all the animals that Snowball stole
Napoleons idea of the windmill and claimed it as his own, he tells the
animals that Snowball was a spy for Jones all along and that in The
Battle Of The Cowshed he had been trying to encourage the animals to
surrender. He also tells the animals that Snowball is living on a
neighbouring farm and is plotting to attack Animal farm. Then later on
in the story when the windmill gets knocked down for the first time
Napoleon blames it on Snowball. Also the whole way through the story
there are always roomers going around the farm about what...