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Essential Quotes by Character: Napoleon

Essential Passage 1: Chapter 5

Napoleon, with the dogs following him, now mounted on to the raised portion of the floor where Major had previously stood to deliver his speech. He announced that from now on the Sunday-morning Meetings would come to an end. They were unnecessary, he said, and wasted time. In future all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs, presided over by himself. These would meet in private and afterwards communicate their decisions to the others. The animals would still assemble on Sunday mornings to salute the flag, sing “Beast of England,” and receive their orders for the week; but there would be no more debates.

Summary
Napoleon, assisted by Snowball, had led the animals in revolution against humans, gaining control of the farm. Based on the equality of all animals, the leadership has, however, been retained by the pigs, most notably Napoleon. Though Snowball has fought valiantly and supplied much of the plans for the success of Animal Farm, Napoleon has seized complete control, driving Snowball from the farm, and has begun the process of villainizing him. While the animals have held Snowball to be a hero, Napoleon (through Squealer) begins to paint him as a traitor. Flanked by his specially trained guard dogs, Napoleon presents the new order of things to the other animals. There will be no more meetings in which all animals have a voice. Decisions will be formed by a committee, ruled over by Napoleon. These meetings will be held in secret, with the decisions presented to the animals by Squealer, the voice of the revolution. Only the minimal, superficial rites of the rebellion are kept in place for the moment.

Essential Passage 2: Chapter 8

All orders were now issued through Squealer or one of the other pigs. Napoleon himself was not seen in public as often as once in a fortnight. When he did appear, he was attended not only by his retinue of dogs but by a black cockerel who marched in front of him and acted as a kind of trumpeter, letting out a loud “cock-a-doodle-doo” before Napoleon spoke. Even in the farmhouse, it was said, Napoleon inhabited separate apartments from the others. He took his meals alone, with two dogs to wait upon him, and always ate from the Crown Derby dinner service which had been in the glass cupboard in the drawing-room. It was also announced that the gun would be fired every year on Napoleon’s birthday, as well as on the other two anniversaries.

Summary
Things have changed on Animal Farm, with many of the Seven Commandments having been “revised.” Despite the injunction that “No animal shall kill any other animal,” there has been a purge in which several animals were killed, having been suspected of conspiring with the exiled Snowball. The animals continue to work hard, with Squealer reading off the production reports weekly, indicating that they are succeeding more than when the farm was controlled by humans. As no one can remember, or was aware, of what the production totals were with the farm belonged to Mr. Jones, they accede to these numbers. In the meantime, Napoleon becomes to retreat from the common populace. When he does appear, he is flanked by his dog body guard, along with the rooster who announces his speeches so that all animals can attend. Living apart, he has taken over the luxurious living of the humans, eating from fine china. He has also elevated himself to public adulation by having his birthday celebrated with great fanfare.

Essential Passage 3: Chapter 9

There were many more mouths to feed now. In the autumn the four sows had all littered about simultaneously, producing thirty-one young pigs between them. The young pigs were piebald, and as Napoleon was the only boar in the farm, it was possible to guess at their parentage. It was announced that later, when bricks and timber had been purchased, a schoolroom would be built in the farmhouse garden. For the time being, the young pigs were given their...

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