In Animal Farm by George Orwell, what happens to Snowball after he disappears?

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In Animal Farm by George Orwell, Snowball proves to be a much better speaker than Napoleon, and if it had not been for Napoleon's trained dogs, Snowball would have probably assumed leadership on the farm. However, he is chased off the farm by the dogs, never to be seen again. Orwell does not tell us what becomes of Snowball, but we do know that his character is based on that of Leon Trotsky from the Russian Revolution, and we DO know what became of Trotsky. How do we know this? Just like Snowball led the farm animals in the Cowshed Rebellion, Trotsky helped lead the people of the Red Army to victory. Trotsky also had a plan to spread his form of government (Communism) to the rest of the world. Remember, Snowball wanted to get the word out to other farm animals to take over their farms. So, if he indeed was based on Trotsky, and we have every reason to believe he was, Trotsky was banished from Russia and ended up in Mexico. While there, Josef Stalin, who kicked Trotsky out of Russia after Lenin died, had Trotsky assassinated.  Poor Snowball!

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