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When Snowball and Napoleon begin to disagree, how does Napoleon act in Animal Farm?    

When Snowball and Napoleon begin to disagree in Animal Farm, Napoleon acts like the aggressor we understand him to be. Napoleon is “rather fierce-looking” and “not much of a talker,” in contrast to Snowball’s “eloquence.” In their political battle, Snowball makes "brilliant speeches," but Napoleon garners support behind Snowball's back. When the animals are still uncertain, Napoleon uses sheer physical force to expel Snowball from the farm by siccing the dogs on him.

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During Animal Farm's fifth chapter, where we see Snowball at the height of his prestige and power (shaped in large part by his leadership at the Battle of the Cowshed), Snowball and Napoleon seem to have become more antagonistic than ever. Ultimately, many of Napoleon's tactics at this point of the novel amount to sabotage. This does make sense, given that a direct political confrontation between the two would play to Snowball's advantage, given his better oratory as well as the prestige he'd won for himself in battle. Napoleon essentially weaponizes the sheep, using them to disrupt Snowball's speeches. At the same time, while Snowball is ambitious in his plans and innovations, Napoleon is often depicted as gainsaying, without offering real alternatives of his own.

Of critical importance in this confrontation is Snowball's plans for the windmill. This project would take a considerable investment in time and labor, but Snowball promises that, once complete, it would allow for much higher quality...

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