Make a list of all the changes that occur in this chapter that provide vivid evidence of the pigs’ increasing powerAnimal Farm by George Orwell

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In Chapter 5 of Animal Farm, the corruption of power certainly becomes evident as Napoleon rises in power.  Here are changes that occur in this chapter: 

  1. Mollie has broken rules by allowing a man to stroke her face. Clover takes her aside and asks about her forbidden contact with humans; three days later Mollie disappears, and is later seen pulling a little cart.
  2. Meetings are held in the big barn, and the pigs plan the work for the coming season.  For, they have been given the power to decide all questions of policy although these policies were voted upon by the other animals.
  3. There are disputes between Snowball and Napoleon on almost every subject.  At the Meetings, Snowball wins over the majority with his rhetoric, but Napoleon secretly canvasses support for himself in between meetings.
  4. The sheep have been won over by Napoleon, and they often bleat "Four legs good, two legs bad" at important moments when Snowball speaks.
  5. Snowball creates ideas for the farm with plans for a windmill which will operate a dynamo which can supply the farm with electrical power.
  6. Without any plans for progress, Napoleon constantly disparages any of Snowball's ideas.
  7. Snowball works for weeks on his plans for a windmill; one day Napoleon arrives unexpectedly to examine the plans, and, after examining them carefully, he lifts his leg and urinates on them.
  8. The farm becomes divided on the topic of the windmill. Admitting that the windmill will be difficult to build, Snowball contends that it will save enough labor so animals will only have to work 3 days a week.  But, Napoleon argues that food production is a pressing issue; working on a windmill will cause them to starve. 
  9. The animals form two factions; one has the slogan "Vote for Snowball and the 3 day week," and the other has the slogan "Vote for Napoleon and the full manger."
  10. In disagreement on how to defend the farm against attack, Napoleon argues for purchasing firearms and learning to use them; Snowball urges that more pigeons be sent out to stir up rebellion on other farms.
  11. Unable to decide who is right, the animals find themselves in agreement with the one speaking at the moment.
  12. Snowball's plans for the windmill are completed, so the question of beginning work on the windmill is put to a vote.  As Snowball's eloquence sways the animals, Napoleon stands and utters an odd high-pitched sound.  Nine enormous dogs bound into the barn and spring upon Snowball who runs, only to have them at his feet, chasing him.  Finally, Snowball escapes, and is seen no more.
  13. The fierce dogs return and wag their tails at Napoleon in the same manner that the dogs did toward Mr. Jones.
  14. Napoleon announces that the Sunday morning meetings will end; also, from now on, all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee with no debates allowed.
  15. When four of the young pigs object, Napoleon's dogs emit menacing growls, and there are no more objections.
  16. Squealer, the propagandist, explains that Comrade Napoleon believes that all animals are equal, but Snowball is no better than a criminal. "Bravery is not enough....Loyalty and obedience are more important."
  17. Boxer adopts the maxim, "Napoleon is always right."
  18. Napoleon announces that the windmill will be built afterall and Squealer explains.





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