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Much of this is going to be based on your own experience or the experience of someone who sees the hierarchy of nursing as present in their daily lives. I think that a good starting point would be to examine the personalities in an existing nursing hierarchy and match them up with characters from the novel. Someone who is fairly incompetent and not able to recognize the force of change that will force them out from their position would be the Mr. Jones character. Examining this power dynamic in the nursing field is going to be critical in that the animals are defined against the humans, so there has to be a similar correlation between “the haves” and “the have nots.” In terms of examining the animals, themselves, I would look to someone who has the ability to inspire people or raise issues that need to be changed would be the Old Major character. Someone who is really driven to hold and maintain their power at all costs, an individual who has come to define their position and control as a part of their own identity would be the Napoleon character. If you can identify a person who is really good at micromanaging and organizing people into groups and tasks that need to be done, you might find a good example of Snowball. If there is someone who is really good at manipulating reality or truth to feed their own agenda, there might be a Squealer present. If you can find someone who is fairly cynical about progress and improvement, Benjamin’s traits are represented, while those who are positive about change and act as sort of “cheerleaders” could be Clover. If you find someone who is a really good “worker bee,” and is not afraid to do the work that others do not like, there is Boxer. Finally, if you can see anyone in the nursing hierarchy that is self- centered and materialistic, Mollie is there.
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