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George Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four share many similarities and differences. The protagonists of both novels act coincidently to their arbitrary surrounding, however, the way they face their critical situation differs. Although the protagonists of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four display similar characteristics, their actions bring out individual personalities. Characters in Animal Farm, such as Napoleon, Squealer and Boxer are energetic when compared to and contrasted with Big Brother, Winston and Parsons of Nineteen Eighty-Four. However, George Orwell uses his typical and unique characters to clarify the theme in both books, the corruption of absolute Power.

Napoleon the leader of all the animals of the revolution can compared and contrasted with Big Brother, who is the dictator of all the citizens of Oceania. Subsequently, their powers had reached the condition of extremity, both Big Brother and Napoleon had displayed actions and attitudes of ruthlessness to maintain their status as a ruler.

In correspondence to Big Brother, Napoleon is a cunning mastermind who gives devious order's form behind the farm walls rather than in the open. An example, of Napoleon's cunningness is when he announces to all the animals, "From now on the Sunday morning Meetings would come to an end. They were unnecessary and wasted time. In future all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs, presided by himself." (Animal Farm, P.33) Napoleon uses his sly motives to end the public debates on Sunday's, so that he can pursue with his schemes, without any controversial issues brought up by the other animals. However, unlike Napoleon who relaxes in the Manor house, Big Brother regularly appears on the telescreen giving speeches and orders. Napoleon and Big Brother together work endlessly to damage and threaten their foe's,