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In Animal Farm, in what chapter does Napoleon take the puppies and is there another way that he has power over the other animals?

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It is in Chapter Three of Animal Farm that Napoleon takes the puppies. These "nine, sturdy puppies" belong to Jessie and Bluebell and Napoleon takes them away from their mothers as soon as they are weaned. He claims to want to educate the puppies but, later on, we see that he has trained them to act as his personal (and very violent) bodyguards.

Aside from training the puppies in this manner, Napoleon uses his cunning to seize power over the other animals. We see this most clearly at the end of Chapter Two when Napoleon distracts the other animals so that he can steal the cows' milk:

"Never mind the milk, comrades!" cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets. "That will be attended to. The harvest is more important."

By using the harvest (an event of extreme importance) as a distraction, Napoleon illustrates the depth of his natural cunning and powers of deception. It also shows that he considers the pigs to be superior to the other animals and deserving of better rations, like milk and apples. It is this which belief which drives his bid for absolute power on the farm. 

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Napoleon takes the puppies of Jessie and Bluebell very early in the book - section three. This shows that Napoleon right from the beginning was thinking about how to gain power. This is an important point to bear in mind, because he was more scheming than Snowball and any other animal for that matter. Here is the text:

It happened that Jessie and Bluebell had both whelped soon after the hay harvest, giving birth between them to nine sturdy puppies. As soon as they were weaned, Napoleon took them away from their mothers, saying that he would make himself responsible for their education. He took...

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