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What is significant about the following quote from Chapter 5 of "Animal Farm"? 'Napoleon, with the dogs following him, now mounted on to the raised portion of the floor where Major had previously stood to deliver his speech'.

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One of the techniques that many dictators use in the rise to power is to associate themselves with a more noble character who came before them, who laid the intellectual underpinnings of a revolution.  The dictator is usually a man of "action," but is rarely capable of the though and idealism of the original "founder."  In "Animal Farm" it is Napoleon (Stalin) who attempts to use the guise of the inspirational leadership of the Old Major (Marx) to fool the...

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