How does Snowball change and grow during the course of the novel Animal Farm?

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The greatest change that happens to Snowball is that he changes from revolutionary hero to a meticulous manager, but then disappears and is re-invented by Napoleon and Squealer as the animals’ enemy. We never actually learn his fate but read the many rumors that circulate among the animals.

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The greatest change that happens to Snowball is that he changes from revolutionary hero to a meticulous manager, but then disappears and is re-invented by Napoleon and Squealer as the animals’ enemy. We never actually learn his fate but read the many rumors that circulate among the animals.

Snowball is a dedicated, conscientious boar who deeply believes in the animals’ cause. After they take over the farm, Old Major soon passes away, and Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer are the ruling triumvirate. At first he shares responsibility with them equally, such as in writing the seven commandments, and is also a creative individual who makes the flag. Snowball is more comfortable with input from the other animals and with the bureaucratic side of governance, as shown through the multiple committees he sets up. He has a professorial aura about him; while he is sincere in trying to educate the other animals, he more often confuses them than enlightens them.

While Snowball shows both a talent for strategy and tremendous bravery in the Battle of the Cowshed, that victory also becomes a watershed moment. Napoleon, who has often disagreed with him about basic concepts as well as methods, grows increasingly jealous and power-hungry. Snowball, not having a politician’s personality, fails to realize how precarious his position has become. Instead, he spends hours in his study, drawing endless plans for the windmill he is passionate about constructing. After the animals vote to carry out his plan, Napoleon turns his attack dogs on him and drives him off the farm. Not only do rumors circulate about his whereabouts, but history is rewritten to make him out as a counterrevolutionary or even a collaborator with the humans.

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