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

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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...

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