Title- Napoleon's Campaign for Power Animal Farm by George Orwell Prompt- Discribe Napoleon's true motives for taking the farm from the humans

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Like his historical namesake, George Orwell's pig named Napoleon was a power -hungry dictator. From the very start Napoleon was greedy and selfish, and did not have the same pure ideals as some of the other animals like Old Major, Snowball and Clover. They wanted freedom and equality for all animals, as well as independence from humans. Napoleon, however, took the dream of Old Major and changed it to further his own ends. It is clear that Napoleon never wanted to rebel against humans as a whole, but simply wanted to take the farm for himself.

Once Mr. Jones was off the farm, Napoleon realized that the farm was now his for the taking if he played his cards right. Napoleon knew he had to get rid of Snowball in order to take over power for himself. Snowball became his archrival because he was in direct competition with his leadership.

Napoleon's strategy was to disagree with everything Snowball said and did. When Snowball thought of the idea of a windmill, he fiercely opposed it, saying it would never work. Here, Napoleon ruins the plans of the windmill that took Snowball so long to draw up. "Then suddenly he lifted his leg, urinating over the plans, and walked out without uttering a word." (65). He knew Snowball was the better thinker and speaker and he therefore took aggressive measures to gain power.

The time had come for Napoleon to take over the farm. He stole a litter of pups from their mother and raised them in seclusion from all the other animals. He trained them to be loyal to him alone, and when they were full grown, they became his fierce henchmen.


With this new destructive force Napoleon drove Snowball off the farm. From here, Napoleon had all...