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by George Orwell

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What are quotes showing Snowball being selfish and greedy inĀ Animal Farm?

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Snowball is portrayed as a relatively selfless, innovative pig, who promotes the principles of Animalism and attempts to establish a civil, egalitarian society after the Rebellion. Despite Snowball's positive reputation, he reveals several character flaws once he is elevated to a position of power.

Shortly after the animals successfully expel Mr. Jones and his men from the farm, Snowball writes the Seven Commandments on the wall of the barn, and the pigs proceed to milk the cows. After the pigs milk the cows, they are left with five buckets of creamy, frothy milk, which the other animals look at with considerable interest. When the animals ask what will happen with the delicious milk, Napoleon responds by assuring them that he will attend to it while they focus on the harvest.

Later that evening, the animals return from the hayfield to discover that the milk is missing. Shortly after the incident, the animals learn that the delicious milk is being mixed into the pigs' mash every day. The animals had initially assumed that the milk would be rationed out equally. They then receive an announcement that all the windfall apples should be collected and given to the pigs. Snowball's selfish, greedy personality is then displayed when Orwell writes,

At this some of the other animals murmured, but it was no use. All the pigs were in full agreement on this point, even Snowball and Napoleon. Squealer was sent to make the necessary explanations to the others. (13)

In order to appease and manipulate the animals, Squealer explains to them that the pigs are "brainworkers" and the delicious resources are an essential part of their diet. Snowball demonstrates greed and selfishness by enjoying the milk and apples in his mash instead of sharing the delicacies with the other animals. Snowball once again displays his selfish personality by refusing to engage in manual labor and making every significant policy decision. Orwell writes,

Many meetings were held in the big barn, and the pigs occupied themselves with planning out the work of the coming season. It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote. This arrangement would have worked well enough if it had not been for the disputes between Snowball and Napoleon. (17)

By deciding on every policy decision without consulting the other animals, Snowball reveals his selfish, power-hungry personality. He evidently enjoys being in a position of power and does not care about the opinions of the other animals.

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