In Chapter Eight, what other names are given to Napoleon? What do these titles suggest about his character?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Napoleon is called by all sorts of names that make him sound really good.  The book lists some of them.  Here is the quote where you can find some of these names.

He was always referred to in formal style as ‘our Leader, Comrade Napoleon,’ and this pigs liked to invent for him such titles as Father of All Animals, Terror of Mankind, Protector of the Sheep-fold, Ducklings' Friend, and the like

To me, what this shows is that Napoleon is totally drunk on his own power.  He is starting to try to put together a "cult of personality" where the whole society is based on revering him.

So he must have a huge ego and he must really want everyone to think that he is the next thing to a god.

 

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Napoleon's new names included:

  • our Leader, Comrade Napoleon
  • Father of all Animals
  • Terror of Mankind
  • Protector of the Sheep-fold
  • Ducklings' Friend

These titles suggest a leader who is common in that he is given friendship or relationship titles, but at the same time he is given authoritarian names. A father, leader and protector would all oversee those below them as an authoritarian figure. Each title has the connotation of love from the animals and respect for the leader.

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In Chapter Eight, it is revealed that Napoleon is no longer called by this name. Instead, he is given a very formal title, "our Leader, Comrade Napoleon." Moreover, the pigs invent additional names for him, like "Father of All Animals," "Terror of Mankind," "Protector of the Sheep-Fold," and "Ducklings' Friend."

These names are significant because they reveal much about Napoleon's character. Specifically, they show just how highly Napoleon values himself. He believes that he is the best person to lead the farm and, more importantly, he wants and expects the other animals to acknowledge this.

Moreover, by giving himself such a title, Napoleon also demonstrates his inflated sense of self. He knows that as the leader of the farm, he is set apart from the other animals. As such, by making the animals use this title, he shows that he wants these differences to be publicly acknowledged by everyone. It, therefore, shows that his self-worth is nothing short of total arrogance

Finally, these titles suggest that Napoleon believes he is special. Specifically, that he is more than just a man; almost like God or another other deity. He, therefore, introduces these titles because he wants to be celebrated and revered, as proof of his special status.

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