Snowball (Animal Farm)

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Snowball is a character in George Orwell's Animal Farm. He is based on Leon Trotsky and describes how he led the opposition against Joseph Stalin (Napoleon).

Snowball's ideas[edit]

Snowball believes in a continued revolution: he argues that in order to defend Animal Farm and strengthen the reality of Old Major's dream of a life without humans, stir up rebellions in other farms throughout England. Napoleon always disagrees with any ideas that Snowball has because he doesn't want Snowball to lead Animal Farm.

Snowball also writes the first version of the Seven Commandments. These are later altered by Squealer under the orders of Napoleon to accommodate the actions of the pigs. For example, the commandment stating "No animal shall drink alcohol" is changed to "No animal shall drink alcohol to excess", and is later removed entirely. The rule that states "No animal should sleep in a bed" is changed to "No animal should sleep in a bed with sheets".

Snowball is eventually forced out of the farm when Napoleon uses his guard dogs to attack Snowball. After that he is blamed for problems on the farm, and it is claimed he was in support of Jones from the start. Though he fought bravely at the Battle of the Cowshed, the facts are altered to say he openly fought for Jones and the shot wounds are changed to wounds Napoleon inflicted on him. Those accused of supporting him are executed after being forced to confess, and a reward is offered for his capture.

Snowball is a very inventive and clever pig that influenced others to his side with intelligence and compassion. It is never revealed what happened to him after his escape, although in the 1950s film adaptation it is implied that the dogs killed him. However, in the 1999 live action film adaption, he is shown escaping the dogs and surviving.