In Animal Farm, how does Napoleon control the food supply?

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Shortly after usurping power, Napoleon abolishes Sunday Meetings and presides over a committee of pigs, which make every significant policy decision on the farm. By eliminating the animals' voice in politics, Napoleon successfully consolidates power and takes control of the farm's resources. Napoleon begins to exercise his control over the farm's food supply by introducing a system of rations, which he establishes once the animals start building the windmill. Utilizing a system of rations gives Napoleon the ability to exploit the animals' labor for food. For example, Napoleon forces the animals...

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Napoleon rations the food accordingly as they have little food especially in times of crisis. Although the animals' food are rationed, the pigs' food are not. For examples, the milk and apples from the farm are not distributed to the animals but only to the pigs. Napoleon also sends Squealer to tell the animals that the amount of food had increased although the readers knows otherwise. By doing so, Napoleon made the animal feel that they had been fed more than enough even though they were fed only a little. Napoleon also makes sure that all the food gets controlled by him. For examples, the hens had to surrender their eggs to Napoleon or face punishment and they could not eat the eggs themselves. In conclusion, Napoleon makes sure that all the food is controlled by him and that the pigs get the most amount of food.

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