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Is Napoleon is a good leader in Animal Farm?  

Napoleon is not a good leader and develops into a ruthless tyrant, who behaves like Mr. Jones. Napoleon selfishly exploits the animals for their labor, publicly executes his political enemies, and breaks the Seven Commandments. Napoleon is portrayed as a violent dictator and the animals suffer under his reign.

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If we define good leadership as being competent, honest, transparent, and working for the betterment of the whole society instead of an elite few, Napoleon is a terrible leader.

Napoleon's incompetency leads to the other animals having to rebuild the windmill not once but twice, a brutally difficult task. The first time, he has it built so poorly that it collapses. The second time, his incompetency leads to Frederick and his men being able to blow up the structure.

Rather than being honest, Napoleon hides behind the clever propaganda machine Squealer created. Napoleon uses Squealer's ability to lie and twist words to aggrandize and enrich himself and the other pigs. Simultaneously, he projects the illusion he is sacrificing himself heroically for the benefit of the other animals.

Rather than being transparent, Napoleon secretly trains puppies to become his terrifying personal army. He uses the fear of the dogs to implement a system in which the pigs secretly decide what is to be done on the...

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