Animal Farm: Heroes And Villains

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Heroes and villains: Explore the ways sympathy and/or admiration for and/or dislike of a character is created in Orwell’s Animal Farm Napoleon is a pig on the farm, who we meet at the beginning of Chapter Two. He is described here as “a large, rather fierce looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way.” The last part is shown throughout the book, as when he fails to get his own way he uses a variety of dirty tricks to get his own way. Napoleon is an allegory of Joseph Stalin, the ruler of Soviet Russia in the mid 1900’s and responsible for the deaths of around 28 million people. The pig is seen to be bad in the novella, for this reason it was rejected by many publishers until 1945. At the time Stalin was Britain’s ally and no publisher wanted to be linked to the brutal attacks made by the book. Napoleon doesn’t just represent Stalin, but corrupt leaders, especially those in the 20th century. His name, Napoleon is that of Napoleon Bonaparte a communist leader from the 18th century, who over time drifted away from the democratic principles on which he rose to power. This demonstrates Orwell’s great political knowledge which he uses throughout animal farm. When jones is run out of the farm in chapter two, Napoleon starts…show more content…
He denies all claims that Snowball makes, arguing that the windmill will cause the animals to starve. He gains the support of the sheep, and they and other Napoleon supporters chant “Vote for Napoleon and the three day week”. Napoleon has a few run ins with Snowball throughout the book, some more violent that others, but sometimes the smallest acts have the largest consequences for snowball. Napoleon sees his plans on the floor, drawn in chalk. Napoleon looks over the plans, taking note, before urinating over the floor, washing away Snowballs plans for the

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