What would Snowball have done if he had ousted Napoleon?

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If Snowball had emerged as the animals’s principal leader, his continued success would have strongly depended on removing Napoleon. George Orwell presents the farm’s animals like formerly colonized peoples or the subjects of a dictatorship, who have no experience in self-governance. This lack of experience and perspective renders them...

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If Snowball had emerged as the animals’s principal leader, his continued success would have strongly depended on removing Napoleon. George Orwell presents the farm’s animals like formerly colonized peoples or the subjects of a dictatorship, who have no experience in self-governance. This lack of experience and perspective renders them especially susceptible to the influence of petty tyrants like Napoleon, especially when supported by an effective propaganda machine such as the one Squealer created.

In the early days of a popular democracy, especially one with utopian aspirations, moving past the temptation of quick fixes is especially crucial. Snowball would need to recognize the inherent limitations of his own idealist, anti-political stance and to recruit support from other, more politically savvy second-tier leaders. Unfortunately, moving past Napoleon’s self-interested aggrandizement would require eliminating him completely.

Snowball would have had only three choices: exile Napoleon to someplace far away (where he would no longer pose a threat), imprison him, or kill him. As the last two would be very likely to make the other animals see him as a martyr, exile would be the best of three bad choices.

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This question is counterfactual, but fun to think of nonetheless.  I do not think it would have been possible for Snowball to have ousted Napoleon, as Napoleon had the nine puppies from Bluebell and Jessie that he trained as killers.  Napoleon would have never been happy to take a secondary role on the farm--early on in the book, he even took the cow's milk for himself in the early days of the Revolution.  This shows that he is opportunistic and selfish.  Snowball would have built the windmill, though he was too much of an ideologue to get the dynamos and cables needed to make it fully functional as an electrical source.  This would have involved trading with other farms and unless the revolution spread and more farms lost their human masters, this would not have happened.  Snowball was a purist in his goals, but without other farms following the lead of Animal Farm, many of his goals would have fallen by the wayside.  Perhaps if the windmill failed, there might have been a counterrevolution among the animals.  

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