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by George Orwell

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Who is the main antagonist in Animal Farm?

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An antagonist is an adversary or enemy, one who undermines the cause of good. If the good in this story is represented by the ideals of Animalism, then the chief antagonist is Napoleon.

Napoleon pretends at first to uphold the ideals of Animalism, but, like Josef Stalin, on whom he is based, he cares only about his own power. He drives Snowball away by saying, falsely, that Snowball is a traitor. In fact, Snowball is one of the farm's greatest assets. Napoleon then violates all the tenets of Animalism to amass power and comforts for himself. For example, he uses his guard dogs to kill animals who oppose him, he drinks...

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