Napoleon

Napoleon

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Napoleon is a fictional character and the main antagonist in George Orwell's Animal Farm. While he is at first a common farm pig, he gets rid of Snowball, another pig which shares the power. He then takes advantage of the animals' uprising against their masters to eventually become the tyrannical 'President of Animal Farm,' which he turns into a dictatorship. Napoleon was based on Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for over 30 years. However, his name comes from that of the French general Napoleon I of France. He begins his treachery taking Bluebell and Jessie's puppies for himself with the intention of turning them into a secret police. Napoleon chooses the date of the meeting concerning the farm's new windmill to turn on his former comrade and seize control of the farm; this mirrors the relationship between Stalin and Leon Trotsky.

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