“The only Berkshire on the farm” Pg 9
This indicates Napoleon’s connection to the aristocracy as he is the ‘only’ Berkshire. This uniqueness may mean Napoleon thinks of himself as special and hold’s others in content and goes a way to explain his pompous and self-centred nature as well as his lust for power.
” ‘Never mind the milk, comrades!’ cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets” Pg 16
Napoleon standing in front of the milk creates both a mental and physical barrier. His ability to do this shows him to be commanding; he is able to turn the animals mind and get them to do what he wants without conflict or argument.
“Large, rather fierce-looking” Pg 9
The fact that he is “fierce-looking” again indicates his strong character. This attribute reveals his tendency towards ruthlessness which is shown later in the book. It also partly explains how he gets his own way; the other animals are intimidated by him.
“Napoleon took them (the dogs) and there kept them in such seclusion that the rest of the farm soon forgot their existence.” Pg 21
This shows the cunning side of Napoleon. He not only took the dogs away under false pretences but also managed to make them slip from people’s mind so he could use them as a secret weapon. However this also possibly hints to some insecurity within him.
“Reputation for getting his own way” Pg 9
This quote reveals napoleon’s strong character. The fact that he has a “reputation” denotes that he is well known and the fact that this reputation is for getting his own way shows the sway he holds over the other animals.
“the other could be counted on to oppose it” Pg 19
This shows the enmity between Snowball and Napoleon, a crucial factor later in the book as upon the expulsion of Snowball the farm declines once more into a feudal regime. It also reveals Napoleon’s fascist nature as we see that he cannot stand being opposed and he must have his own way.
“Snowball and Napoleon butted the door open” Pg 13
This denotes the two pig’s leadership as they are the first to venture into new territory. However it also shows the initial comradeship between the two pigs which quickly disintegrates as Napoleon becomes more and more disagreeable and self-centred.
“For it was Snowball who was best at writing” Pg 14
One of the reasons that Napoleon got rid of Snowball could have been his jealousy, which this quote definitely backs up. Snowball is proven time and time again as being the smarter of the two and this may have fuelled Napoleon’s hatred of him.
“he lifted his leg, urinated over the plans and walked out without saying a word.” Pg 31
This again shows the bitterness and jealousy held by Napoleon for Snowball; Snowball had toiled over those plans for weeks and they contained some very advanced knowledge, something which arouses great hatred in Napoleon as the plans are likely to be beyond comprehension for Napoleon. The fact that he then left without explaining his actions may betray the fact that he seething with fury and therefore does not trust himself to speak civilly.
“It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune.” Pg 58
This shows an extreme vanity in Napoleon as he has encouraged everyone’s belief that he is the source of all good fortune and a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. He is almost raised to the position of a deity.
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig… but already it was impossible to say which was which” Pg 89
This clearly shows the evolution of the pigs and the recession of the other animals. They are portrayed as “The creatures outside” showing a loss of individualism and status which is shown further by ‘outside’; even their location is inferior.