What "deal" is Napoleon contemplating? What does this symbolize?
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I'm guessing your question concerns Napoleon's plans to sell the pile of timber in chapters 7-9 of Animal Farm. Two different farmers, Frederick and Pilkington, want to buy the wood. Napoleon, trying to get the most he can out of the deal, keeps playing one against the other. He uses a propaganda campaign of having the pigeons fly over each farm and spread rumors, at one time favoring or slandering whichever farmer Napoleon thinks is offering the better deal. He eventually sells the wood the Frederick, but his scheme backfires when Frederick pays him in conterfeit money.
As for what this episode might symbolize, you will find an excellent analysis of chapter 8 in the eNotes study guide. Follow the link pasted below.
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