Leadership In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Before Napoleon took over Manor Farm, Farmer Jones was the leader of the animals. He began to not take care for the farm and the animals took over. Napoleon became the unannounced leader of Animal Farm. There are many differences and similarities between Napoleon and Farmer Jones as leaders through the popularity among the animals, the methods and success as manager of the economy, and the control over the animals. Both Farmer Jones and Napoleon have pros and cons on their leadership throughout the novel, but Farmer Jones is the better leader. Before the rebellion, the animals do not loathe Farmer Jones. Orwell writes “Some animals talked of the duty of loyalty to Mr. Jones, whom they referred to as “master,” or made elementary remarks such as “Mr. Jones feeds us. If he were gone, we should starve to death” (16). Farmer Jones popularity on the farm dies when Major tells the animals he is overworking and under feeding the animals. Also when Napoleon “led them back to the store-shed and served out a double ration of …show more content…
The Shmoop Editorial Team writes “Farmer Jones is a better leader because Napoleon did not do any work to get the animals popularity. Who needs to speak eloquently when you have a pack of attack dogs? Napoleon isn't willing to get his power honestly—if you can even call manipulating a pack of farm animals "honest." He's going to get it by brute force” (Shmoop Editorial Team). They are saying Napoleon is also a dishonest leader when he is trying to get control over the animals. Napoleon also did not manage the farm, he used other animal’s ideas and claimed them as his own. Also he did not have the respect of all the animals, therefore he did not have great control over them. Overall, the rebellion should have never started and the animals were better off under Farmer Jones's’