English Literature: Animal Farm Character Profiles - Napoleon

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Quote to show Napoleon as cunning
"That, he said, was Comrade Napoleon's cunning"
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Quote to show Napoleon as ruthless
"a pile a corpses lying before Napoleon's feet"
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Quote to show Napoleon as corrupt
"There was only one candidate, Napoleon"
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Quote to show Napoleon as selfish
"reputation of getting his own way"
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What is shown by the fact Napoleon doesn't say much in the early meetings but has a "reputation" for getting what he wants?
That he seems to care less about Animalism than the others, and hints that he's ambitious and selfish.
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How is it shown that Napoleon is a coward? Who does this contrast with?
Because he disappears at the Battle of the Cowshed - juxtaposes to Napoleon who fights bravely to defend the farm
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What doesn't Napoleon care about? How does he use the animals?
He doesn't care about the animals welfare - and uses them for his own benefit.
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Who is Napoleon based on?
Joseph Stalin - leader of Soviet Russia
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Who does Napoleon adopt? Why?
The puppies, to train them to be his army.
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What does Napoleon force the animals to do?
Work 60 hour weeks while he does nothing
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What does Napoleon steal? Why?
The apples and cows' milk for the pigs to have themselves.
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Who is Napoleon threatened by? Why?
Snowball because he is a military hero and a charismatic leader.
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Complete the sentence: Napoleon _________ and _________ Snowball.
Napoleon belittles and undermines Snowball
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Why does Napoleon train the sheep? What else does he do? Which other animals does he use? Why?
To interrupt Snowball's speeches and urinates on his plan for the windmill. He then uses his army of dogs to chase Snowball.
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How does Napoleon use Snowball after his Exile?
As a scapegoat for any problems on the farm. The way that he turns the animals against Snowball is cunning.
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What do the trials and executions mimic?
The brutality of Stalin in the 1930's. Many Russians were executed or sent to labour camps.
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What does Napoleon use to control the farm? Explain/Give an Example.
Terror - animals are forced to make false confessions and are executed for being in league with Snowball
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How does Napoleon see himself?
As better than the other animals and above the common herd.
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Why does Napoleon change the principles of Animalism? Give an example. What does this show?
For his own benefit - e.g. "No animal shall drink alcohol to excess" It shows that he quickly forgets any ideals of Animalism that he may have believed in.
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What does Napoleon do after Snowball's exile even though he criticised Snowball's plans for the windmill? What does this show?
He builds it - which shows he is happy to take the credit for someone else's idea.
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Give an example of when Napoleon rewrites history.
He distorts the story of the Battle of the Cowshed to make himself seem like a hero. He awards himself a bravery medal and presents Snowball as traitor.
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Why does Napoleon abolish Sunday meetings?
To suppress debate and criticism towards him.
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How come Napoleon is "unanimously" elected as the leader of the Republic?
He is the only candidate!
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Talk about how like Napoleon, Stalin created a cult of personality.
Propaganda and the media was used to glorify him as if he was kind.
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Why don't the animals question Napoleon even when they have doubts?
Because they have been brainwashed into thinking that "Napoleon is always right"
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Why did Animalism fail? Link this to Russia
Because one tyrant (Farmer Jones) was replaced with another (Napoleon) This reflects the way that the all-powerful Tsar was replaced by Stalin and his dictatorship.
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What is complete by the end of the novella? Explain/give examples.
Napoleon's transition from pig to 'human' - he stands on two legs, drinks whisky and wears clothes. When the animals look at the pigs and men, they can't say "which was which"
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By the end of the novel, what has been forgotten?
The commandments and principles of animalism.
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What are the conditions on the farm by the end of the novella?
The animals are starving and overworked - in a worse position than the were under Mr Jones'
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