Does Snowball represent a morally legitimate political alternative to the corrupt leadership of Napoleon ?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It becomes evident that by the end of the novel, a case could be made for Jones representing a morally legitimate political alternative to Napoleon.  All joking aside, I think that Snowball does represent a morally legitimate political alternative to the corruption that Napoleon displays.  Snowball is the only pig that legitimately believes in the notion of Animalism, and the idea that all animals should work together for their collective betterment.  Snowball's work on the committees that were formed as well as the fact that Snowball's real enjoyment comes from talking to the other animals about revolutionary fervor and post- revolutionary life represents a morlly legitimate and politically authentic leadership alternative to Napoleon, who is more inclined even in the initial stages of post- revolutionary life to embrace political notions that benefit he and him alone.  Snowball's desire to construct the windmill for the benefit of the other animals is also representative of a legitimate political alternative to Napoleon's corruption.  Probably the best example that shows how Snowball is a morally legitimate political alternative to Napoleon is how the latter effectively rids the farm of the former.  After Snowball gives a particularly impassioned speech to the other animals linking his proposal of the windmill to the idea of Animalism, Napoleon does not engage.  He does not respond in kind.  He does not even retort anything Snowball says.  He simply sets the dogs on him, representing the full extent of his own corruption and making Snowball out to be a morally legitimate political alternative to the corrupt leadership of Napoleon.

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