Napoleon is a Berkshire Boar, and a key political leader on Animal Farm. Like the other pigs, he is intelligent, literate, and the main antagonist. He continously disagrees with Snowball, another pig, over almost every issue. While not being a born speaker, Napoleon was exceptional at gathering support. When Jessie and Bluebell had puppies, he took them away to "Educate" them. During one of the Sunday meetings, when he and Snowball were arguing over Snowball's windmill idea, he sent nine dogs, to chase Snowball off the farm.

With Snowball out of power, Napoleon put himself as leader of Animal Farm, and abolished the sunday meetings. He absorbed Snowball's windmill plans, claiming them as his own. He uses another pig named Squealer (who is very convincing and a better speaker) to spread propaganda and maintain his influence. As his reign continues, he, along with the other pigs, break the Seven Commandments (the laws of Animalism), but has Squealer alter them to accept their behavior. He also abolishes Beasts of England, replacing it with songs and poems in his favor. By the end of the book, he can walk upright, wears a suit, sleeps in the farmhouse, drinks, and throws parties with humans.

His real-life Soviet counterpart is Josef Stalin, who served as the General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party from 1922 until his death more than 30 years later. Like Napoleon, he had his own little secret police force, the NKVD (later the KGB). The NKVD assassinated Stalin's rival Leon Trotsky, who was trying to look out for the working class. Stalin commissioned paintings of himself surrounded by adoring children. He essentially rewrote Russian history, inserting himself into the Russian Revolution of 1917 and later suggesting that he was solely and personally responsible for winning World War II. And, at the same time, he wanted to make sure that he was remembered for his modesty. In 1928, Stalin disrupted agricultural production with his Five-Year Plans. When the Plans caused widespread famine across Russia, Stalin covered up the famines to convince people that everyone was okay. By constantly changing the rules so that he and his friends are exempt, Napoleon mocks Old Major's ideas, just like Stalin messed up Karl Marx's ideas. The "worker's state" that actually existed under Stalin was more like a darker parody of what Marx thought a communist state would be, turning communism into fascism.

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