How does Napoleon change over the course of Animal Farm?

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The 1945 novella Animal Farm by George Orwell is an allegorical fable about power and corruption, as based on then-recent history of the Soviet Union.

The narrator introduces Napoleon in chapter 2 after old Major has shared his dream and has then passed away. After Major’s death, the animals plan the Rebellion and look to the pigs for leadership due to their status as among the smarter animals. Two leaders emerge:

Pre-eminent among the pigs were two young boars named Snowball and Napoleon, whom Mr. Jones was breeding up for sale. Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way. Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.

With this description, the narration introduces the novel’s main conflict: the power struggle between Snowball and Napoleon (which Orwell based on the power struggle...

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