Compare and contrast the characters of Napoleon and Snowball in Animal Farm.

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Napoleon and Snowball are the two leading pigs on the farm at the beginning of the story, who take center stage following the Rebellion and the Battle of the Cowshed. Both pigs are portrayed as intelligent and take the initiative to lead the other animals. Napoleon and Snowball also enjoy their privileged status and are not afraid to express their opinions by addressing the animals in public.

Despite the minor similarities, Napoleon and Snowball have completely different personalities and styles of leadership. Snowball is depicted as being more "vivacious" and in-touch with the other animals than Napoleon. He takes it upon himself to establish various committees to improve the standard of living on the farm and gives the other animals a voice in government decisions. Snowball is also a more articulate speaker and has plans to build a windmill, which will provide electricity to the farm and make life significantly easier for the animals. He also values the opinions of others and subscribes...

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