Animal Farm Snowball Vs Napoleon Essay
As we touch the real-life examples and parallels, I should note that Snowball’s real life counterpart is much more complicated person (as is Napoleon’s), so please don’t take the book as a guideline to the real-life history.It can give a vague impression about what really happened in Soviet Union, but still, despite Snowball is heavily implied to be Leon Trotsky, he also adopts some of the Lenin’s traits (for example, his commitment to technical progress – in Soviet Union the slang term “Ilyich Light Bulb” (where Ilyich is Lenin’s paternal name) still means the old light bulbs that Lenin dreamt to place in every single home even in the poorest village.But Snowball, as an idealist and strategic planner, wants the Farm to develop technically.He has the project he is so devoted to – the Windmill (alias to the electrification of the Soviet Union).In general, the farm inhabitants consider Snowball less suitable for the leader role, because he is always friendly to everyone and has a cheerful, not pompous at all, personality.This gives us one of the first bitter lessons in the book (that is confirmed in extremely cynical work of Niccolo Machiavelli): the excessive friendliness to inferiors is often considered weakness by them.But Napoleon knows very well how to present himself as a leader, with excessive pathos.Squealer joins Napoleon, helping him compensate the difference in his and Snowball’s speech writing skills.
This idea sounded too good for everyone on the farm and Napoleon starts to lose his ground.Here we see something alike the transition from Communism (with the main principle is that everyone give away everything they are capable of and receive everything they need) to Socialism (where everyone still give away everything they can, but receive the amount equal to their work).So we have a good real-life background here: the Commandments of Old Mayor (Lenin) are too utopic to be practical, so Snowball takes them more like the moral guidelines he should aim to.Snowball is too idealistic and his major mistake is that he considers everyone to be such an idealist themselves.It backfires, when he starts to spread his enthusiasm by his public speeches that are much more convincing than Napoleon’s due to their sincerity.This is very similar to Snowball’s plan to build the windmill by any meals to ease the life of the farm animals.In comparison to Napoleon Snowball is more intelligent and a quick thinker.But still, there is a common and rather grim trait: both of them are ready to sacrifice the other farm animals for their goals.Snowball is sure that they will be glad to die for the greater good and the prosperity of the farm (and is ready to do this himself), but Napoleon doesn’t want to lay his life with the rest: he treats the animals on the farm… He is a classical tyrant, when Snowball is more of a well-intentioned extremist. The story of Snowball starts when he with Squealer and Napoleon listen to the Commandments of Old Mayor (an old wise pig, possibly a mix of Lenin and Karl Marx). Also we know that Napoleon and Squealer declared that Snowball is their enemy and the enemy of all the farm. I hope that this character analysis will answer this question.