What is the importance of Snowball being expelled in Animal Farm?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The ousting of Snowball paves the way for Napoleon to become absolute dictator of Animal Farm, just as Josef Stalin because unrivaled leader of the Soviet Union after the ousting of Trotsky. While Snowball was on the farm, he was an effective counterweight to Napoleon. He was not immune to grabbing privileges for the pigs, but at the same time Snowball worked tirelessly for the common good. It was he who proposed building a windmill, an idea Napoleon would pooh-pooh.

When the dogs run Snowball off the farm at Napoleon's command, Napoleon is emboldened to take on more and more power. Without Snowball as a check, Napoleon rules supreme and unchallenged. Under Napoleon, the idea of making the lives of the regular animals better increasingly...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 392 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team