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Napoleon Napoleon is Orwells chief villain in Animal Farm The name Napoleon is very coincidental since Napoleon the dictator of France was thought by many to be the Anti-Christ Napoleon the pig is really the central character on the farm Obviously a metaphor for Stalin Comrade Napoleon represents the human frailties of any revolution Orwell believed that although socialism is good as an ideal it can never be successfully adopted due to uncontrollable sins of human nature For example although Napoleon seems at first to be a good leader he is eventually overcome by greed and soon becomes power-hungry Of course Stalin did too in Russia leaving the original equality of socialism behind giving himself all the power and living in luxury while the common peasant suffered Thus while his national and international status blossomed the welfare of Russia remained unchanged Orwell explains Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the ani mals themselves any richer--except of course for the pigs and the dogs The true side of Napoleon becomes evident after he slaughters so many animals for plotting against him He even hires a pig to sample his food for him to make certain that no one is trying to poison him Stalin too was a cruel dictator in Russia After suspecting many people in his empire to be supporters of Trotsky Orwells Snowball Stalin systematically murders many At the end of the book Napoleon doesnt even pretend to lead a socialist state After renaming it a Republic and instituting his own version of the commandments and the Beasts of England Comrade Napoleon quickly becomes more or less a dictator who of course has never even been elected by the animalsThe start to the purges in Animal Farm is the use of the dogs by Napoleon in order to banish Snowball from the farm It is the comparison to Stalins banishing Trotsky into exile in 1929 because of their
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