How are Snowball and Napoleon's ideas about building the windmill different?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Snowball wants incubators and heaters and a 3-day work week, whereas Napoleon wanted a longer work week to store up the food.

Although Snowball's idea would provide luxuries and comforts, Napoleon's idea is logical and considers the needs of all the animals for the here and now. That will change, in fact as things move along, Napoleon takes credit for the windmill but doesn't have the ideas Snowball had to put it to work.

Considering how Snowball(Trotsky) and Napoleon(Stalin) acted might help you draw conclusions about the differing leadership traits of their Russian Revolution counterparts.

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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At first, (this is in Chapter 5) Snowball wants to build the windmill and Napoleon does not.  Snowball thinks that having a windmill will improve the lives of the animals.  He thinks that they will be better off if they have the windmill to make electricity for them.  He thinks it will make them more comfortable. Napoleon thinks that they should concentrate on just growing food instead of worrying about comfort.

Napoleon wins this argument, but not by having better thoughts.  Instead, he just gets his nine dogs to chase Snowball off the farm.

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