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In what way is Snowball corrupt?

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As the other answers have noted, Snowball goes along with the pigs in keeping the windfall apples and the milk. He even agrees with Napoleon on this point. This shows that Snowball is imperfect. He is capable of putting self-interest first, and therefore, he is corruptible. As the other animals dimly realize, he would have supported sharing these items among all the animals equally if he were truly dedicated to the principles of Animalism.

It is disturbing, too, that Snowball condones by his silence Squealer's disingenuous explanation as to why the pigs need the milk and apples:

We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.

Arguably, animals doing heavy manual labor are more in need of the nutrients and calories in milk and apples than the pigs are with their "brainwork." A truly equalitarian point of view would have noted that it takes...

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