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What are some examples of Napoleon abusing his power in Animal Farm?

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Napoleon routinely abuses his power. He abuses his power soon after the revolution when he acquires the best goods for himself and a few of his cronies even though he did little at the Battle of the Cowshed. Napoleon also walks on his hind legs, wears clothes, drinks alcohol, and sleeps in a bed. All of these things are done thanks to Napoleon rewriting the rules as he sees fit.

Napoleon also abuses his power in more sinister ways. He and his cronies carry whips in order to beat the animals that do not work hard enough. Napoleon trains Bluebell's puppies to be his own secret police. Napoleon stages show trials in order to keep the animals in constant fear. This blatantly breaks commandments that forbid killing other animals. Whenever other animals question Napoleon's motives, he reads them his version of the commandments. Napoleon also uses Snowball as a boogeyman whenever he needs to blame the farm's failure on something.

Napoleon also turns against his most faithful followers. Boxer , the...

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