How does Napoleon gain control of Animal Farm and what does this suggest about him as a ruler?

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Because Napoleon is supposed to represent Stalin (which is slightly ironic considering the fact that Napoleon's invasion of Russia was another of the causes that drove Soviet thinking and policy) his method of taking power in some ways mimics that of Stalin's.  He makes a deal with anyone he needs to and even starts using animals against other animals in the case of the puppies.  In this way he mimics much of what Stalin did, making deals with enemies and then working behind their backs, all to consolidate his power over the people.  He also ruthlessly eliminates anyone opposed to him just as Stalin did through the pogroms against any people who were allied to the old powers or weren't blindly loyal to him.

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