How did Napoleon use violence in Animal Farm?

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In the novella Animal Farm by George Orwell, the character Napoleon uses violence not only to consolidate and enforce his power but also to instill fear in the other animals on the farm.

One instance of Napoleon's use of violence is when he takes Bluebell and Jessie's newborn pups and raises them to be guard dogs. These are the same dogs that chase Snowball off of the farm. Orwell writes, "there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs, wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn." The dogs are used throughout the novel to intimidate other animals.

At the end of the novel, Napoleon carries around a whip. This suggests that he has now become the ultimate "dictator" of the farm, something Old Major didn't envision when he set forth his vision of the farm.

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Napoleon uses violence to consolidate and enforce his power. Initially, Napoleon raises nine enormous dogs and sends them after Snowball during an assembly meeting in the barn....

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