How does Napoleon display his love for personal glory in Animal Farm?

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After an "investigation" into the Battle of the Cowshed", Napoleon rewrites history and names himself both "Animal Hero First Class" and "Animal Hero Second Class". He then rounds up the animals who have caused him problems. He has them "confess" to crimes against Animal Farm. After confessing, the animals are killed by Napoleon's dogs."

 Eventually, he bans the singing of "Beasts of England" and replaces it with another song which includes the lines, “Animal Farm, Animal Farm,/Never through me shalt thou come to harm!”
After that meeting, Napoleon always appears in public with a black cockerel in front of him and many "cock-a-doodle-doos" proceed his speeches.He has many titles, including “our Leader, Comrade Napoleon,” “Father of All Animals,” “Terror of Mankind,” “Protector of the Sheep-fold,” and “Ducklings’ Friend.” Minimus, one of the pigs writes a poem to Napoleon on the barn wall opposite the commandments."To make up for the hardships, there are more songs, more speeches and more parades, which are called 'Spontaneous Demonstrations.' The pigs lead the others around the farm carrying banners in honor of Napoleon."

By the end of the novel, Napoleon is standing on two legs, wearing clothes, just like human beings. And when the animals look in the window, they can't tell the difference between humans and the pigs.