What are five words that exemplify the changes in the pigs in Chapter Five of Animal Farm? 

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In Chapter Five of Animal Farm, the pigs undergo major changes in both character and behaviour. There are a number of descriptive words which can be used to illustrate these important changes. 

First of all, Snowball's plan to build a windmill demonstrates creativity. Using only three books from the farmhouse, Snowball teaches himself the mechanical aspects of constructing a windmill and envisions a utopian future for Animal Farm. 

The pigs, however, are divided on the subject of the windmill. Napoleon, in particular, is staunchly opposed to its construction and he reacts with violence when Snowball's plans are warmly received by the other animals. He sets his guard dogs on Snowball, for example, and runs him off the farm.

In the aftermath of this attack, Napoleon becomes increasingly authoritarian: he puts an end to the "Sunday-morning meetings" in which all matters of the farm are democratically decided. From now on, he says, all matters will be decided in private by the pigs.

Finally, the blackening of Snowball's reputation after he has fled the farm is evidence of the pigs' increasing corruption. Through a speech made by Squealer, Snowball is portrayed as a public enemy while Napoleon takes all the glory for the design of the windmill and construction is given the go-ahead. 

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