In Orwell's Animal Farm, how does Napoleon become increasingly like a typical dictator?

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I would just add to timbrady's comments by saying that Napoleon becomes richer and richer while the other animals become poorer and poorer.  Futhermore, the way Napoleon wields his power slowly becomes resolved around fear - fear that Jones will return, fear that Snowball will return, and finally fear of...

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I would just add to timbrady's comments by saying that Napoleon becomes richer and richer while the other animals become poorer and poorer.  Futhermore, the way Napoleon wields his power slowly becomes resolved around fear - fear that Jones will return, fear that Snowball will return, and finally fear of Napoleon himself after the execution of the pigs and hens.

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There are many indicators that Napoleon is becoming a dictator.  For one, he stirs up the "people," making them unhappy with the present situation.  He creates a scapegoat in the "person" of Snowball; he has someone he can blame for everything that goes wrong and someone to focus the people's hatred on (cf. Goldstein in "1984").  He creates a propaganda machine so that the only information the pigs get is the information that he wants them to hear.  He takes some young puppies and raises them to be his army, to strike fear into the animals should they ever decide to get together to oppose him.  As part of his propaganda machine, he rewrites "history" in the form of the commandments.  By the end of the book they have all been changed, but none of the animals can remember the originals, so they all seem to accept the "reality" of what presently is.  (again, cf. "1984" when "Who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the future.")  He takes advantage of the dedication of the uneducated (Boxer) who trust that whatever he is doing, he must be doing for the good of all.

In many ways, this book is a texbook for creating a dictatorship.  If you would like to do some additional research, check this link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda.

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