Discuss how Snowball could have been a better leader for the farm.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If the standard for being a "better leader" is defined by the following or adhering to the tenets of Animalism, I think that Snowball would be seen as a better leader for the farm.  I think that one would be hard- pressed to find any evidence that indicates Napoleon being a staunch believer in Animalism, as a theory.  Napoleon ends up using and manipulating Animalism as a way to substantiate his own power.  Snowball, on the other hand, is seen more in debating the merits of Animalism with the other animals, governing more in line with the Animalistic tenets, and ensuring that his decision making process is based on what Animalism is, as a theory.  Napoleon does not do this.  It is for this reason that I think that Snowball would have made a better and more authentic leader of the farm because of his staunch support or belief in Animalism.  The fact that he was willing to divide the animals into committees to accomplish work on the farm, as well as govern in a manner that put the needs of the farm before his own and before that of other individual animals would also reflect this.  Whether or not he would be as effective as a leader is almost a secondary point because in believing in Animalism to the extent that he did, I think Snowball would have been a more authentic leader on the farm and, in this, a better leader for the farm.


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