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kulsum | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2008 at 7:54 PM via web

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What aspects of Napoleon's character are revealed to us in "Animal Farm"?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 21, 2008 at 10:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Napoleon's corruption becomes more clear as the novel progresses. The revolution was supposed to make the lives of all the animals better, yet only Napoleon and the other pigs seem to be benefiting from it. Napoleon likes the luxury and power that has come to him, and bends rules and appearances to get his way. He becomes the human keeper of the animals. He sleeps in a bed, rations food, demands longer work hours, and begins to walk on two legs. He slowly becomes what he was supposed to despise, but his corruption has led to him becoming just like Mr. Jones. He also will kill or run off any that are a threat to his  continued power, which is why Snowball was chased away, and the confessors killed.

 

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 21, 2008 at 10:53 PM (Answer #2)

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By the end of the book, Napoleon develops into a fully tyrannical character, more like a human than a pig.  After he has Snowball run off the farm using his attack dogs, Napoleon starts to take on characteristics of a human. 

Napoleon starts to drink whiskey, sleep in a bed and even walk upright.  He begins to make deals with the other farmers, ignoring the commandments of animalism that he and Snowball and Squealer established as the rules of Animal Farm.

Napoleon becomes a master manipulator and liar.  He becomes worse than the worst human that the animals had to deal with before they took over the farm.

He loses his identity in his quest for absolute power, becoming completely corrupted by his unchecked ambition.

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