Animal Farm — Reader Q&A
Compare and contrast Napoleon and Snowball. What techniques do they use in their struggle for power? Does Snowball represent a morally legitimate political alternative to the corrupt leadership of Napoleon? As Joseph Stalin did, Napoleon prefers to work behind the scenes to build his power through manipulation and deal-making, while Snowball devotes himself, as Leon Trotsky did, to winning popular support through his ideas, passionate speeches, and success in debates with his opponent. Snowball seems to work within the political system, while Napoleon willingly circumvents it. Napoleon, for instance, understands the role of force in political control, as is made clear by his use of the attack dogs to expel Snowball from the farm.
All rights reserved. Just for ironic effect, or is there some other reason? Why use animals and exaggeration instead of just writing a political essay? Does Orwell seem to have an ideal political system in mind? Would he approve of any leaders?
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Sign up for our newsletters! Do you think that this was a valid threat? Do you feel that, overall, the animals were better or worse off once they were in control of the farm? Throughout the novel, the natural characteristics of each animal figure heavily in their motives and pronouncements. How do the actions of Napoleon a pig , Boxer a horse , Benjamin a donkey and the dogs and sheep reflect the traits normally associated with the animal?