What differences can you already discern between Snowball and Napoleon in chapter 2 of "Animal Farm"?

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parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First is their physical appearance:

'Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a repuatation for getting his own way. Snowballl was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.'

Snowball focuses on the need for the animals to make sacrifice whereas Napoleon hands out favours. For example, when Mollie wants to know whether she will still have sugar, Snowball reprimands her, saying hay and oats will be fine. Napoleon, however, doles out extra rations to all the animals as a reward.

Snowball is the idealist; he is the one who insists that animals do not wear clothes since it is a trademark of man. Since he is the best one at writing, he prints out "Animal Farm" where "Manor Farm" had been written before.

Napoleon has other preoccupations. After giving out extra food, he rallies the animals together to sing "Beasts of England" several times in chorus. Later when the cows need milking, the pigs are the most apt to do this because of their trotters. When the animals want to know where the milk is going, Napoleon says that the animals must 'deal with that later' because work is waiting.