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How does Napoleon change over time in Animal Farm?  

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Napoleon is a dynamic character in George Orwell’s allegorical novel Animal Farm. In the first chapter of Animal Farm, Napoleon is just one of several pigs who listen to Old Major outline the philosophy of Animalism and introduce the song “Beasts of England.” After Old Major’s death, however, Napoleon quickly rises through the ranks and becomes an important ruler on the farm. Napoleon is introduced as

a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar . . . not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way.

The first description of Napoleon in the second chapter foreshadows his future brutish nature and penchant for totalitarian rule.

Despite early hints of future despotism, Napoleon doesn’t immediately change into a brutal dictator after Old Major’s death. Instead, Napoleon works alongside the other pigs to promulgate the precepts of Animalism. He is responsible for distributing rations and quickly begins gathering power at the expense of the other animals. For example,...

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