Animal Farm Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

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Napoleon is very interested in the education of the young. Why do you think he took the nine puppies to educate on his own?

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Napoleon wants a police force all his own and loyal only to him. He knows it is in the nature of dogs to run in packs and look up with complete obedience to one leader. He knows if he makes the puppies believe in him as that leader from an early age, they will be firmly on his side and do whatever he tells them to do. Being dogs, they will have to ability to attack fiercely and bite with their strong teeth. Dogs are also intelligent creatures, if not as intelligent as the pigs, and therefore are good candidates to bring into his elite world. Napoleon would certainly not want them as his enemies.

Napoleon is right to think that the dogs will be useful to him as tools to consolidate his control over the other animals.

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Napoleon is interested in educating the young because the young have no recollection of the past. The young are easy to train with the ideals that Napoleon wishes, even if they are not the ideals that the animals discussed when forming Animal Farm. He sequesters the puppies so that they cannot have any outside influences from any other farm members, therefore the puppies loyalty rests solely with Napoleon- they have known him like a puppy knows his mother. This is Napoleon's powerful tool to subdue any insubordinate members on the farm, the puppies, who grow up, become ferocious dogs who do Napoleon's bidding. 

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Napolean is interested in teaching the young to conform to his ideas. The nine puppies are trained to serve him.

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