Compare and contrast Napoleon and Squealer. How are they the perfect team for taking over the farm?

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The combination of Napoleon and Squealer is perfect, because the former represents action and the latter represents words.  To put it another way, Napoleon is one who plans for the longterm, executes, and sees matters to the end, no matter how unjust.  Squealer is the one who weaves words to support Napoleon and more importantly offers a storyline to persuade the other animals that Napoleon is a great leader, who is committed to their best interests. 

A few quotes should make this point clear. 

In the beginning of the book, Napoleon takes the pups of the dogs.  He desires to educate them.  He does this to train them to become his attack dogs.  He knows that might will give power, and he plans for this.  Here is a quote:

He said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up. 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.

As for Squealer, his rhetoric is amazing.  He can spin anything to make the pigs look good. This quote on why the apples disappeared is a perfect example:

‘Comrades!’ he cried. ‘You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers.