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Discuss how the antagonists challenge the protagonist in the story Animal Farm.

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I would argue that the true protagonist in Animal Farm is Snowball, because his only desire is to do good on the farm. From his vigorous organization of the rebellion to his idea to build a windmill, Snowball is pure in his intentions and does not harbor the same tyrannical ambitions as the other pigs, who develop into the story’s antagonists.

With that in mind, the challenge for Snowball comes when he suggests the building of a windmill because it will improve the farm’s productivity and, more importantly, will make life easier and more comfortable for all the animals. Napoleon challenges Snowball in a number of ways, from drowning out Snowball when he speaks to urinating all over the windmill plans. The ultimate challenge, however, comes in chapter five, when he sets the dogs on Snowball.

Sadly, Snowball cannot overcome this challenge and is driven from the farm. At the same time, this episode further cements Napoleon’s position as an antagonist because he implements a series of new rules...

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