How would you describe Napoleon's internal conflict?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Napoleon’s internal conflict is how to best get more power for himself, and how quickly.

An internal conflict is a character versus self conflict.  These usually arise when a person is struggling with him or herself over something.  Often, this includes a difficult decision or a fear.  In Animal Farm, we don’t really get to see things from Napoleon’s point of view.  Although the point of view is third person omniscient, Napoleon’s thoughts remain elusive.  However, we can make inferences based on Napoleon’s actions.

Napoleon begins by quietly highjacking the revolution for his own gain.  He likely struggled with exactly when he should begin taking more power for himself.  It makes sense that he would want to get the power, and privileges, as quickly as possible.  However, if he did it too quickly he might lose all of his power.  This likely explains the timing of his commandeering the apples, changing the commandments, sleeping in the house, and trading with humans.  His biggest decision was probably when to run off Snowball, because he was a good distraction for the animals at first, but then better served his purpose as a scapegoat when Napoleon was ready to cement his power.


litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some examples.  Thank you for using enotes!

From chapter 1: Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.

From chapter 2: "Never mind the milk, comrades!" cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets. "That will be attended to. The harvest is more important."

From chapter 3: Snowball and Napoleon were by far the most active in the debates. But it was noticed that these two were never in agreement: whatever suggestion either of them made, the other could be counted on to oppose it.

Napoleon took no interest in Snowball's committees. He said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up. (This is when he takes the puppies)

From chapter 5: At the Meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself in between times.

smmooth | Student

Thank you

smmooth | Student

Thank you - what quotes could I use to back this information up please