Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were both leaders and had powerful right? Well they had different techniques they used in their struggle for power. King and Malcolm can be compared to Napoleon and Snowball in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Malcolm and Napoleon were mean, harsh, hypercritical, but powerful. King and Snowball were kind hearted and revolutionary scapegoats, but also powerful.
In Animal Farm, Napoleon uses propaganda, slogans, and force to get his way. For example, he instilled fear into the animals as a way of giving the animals no chance to argue with hi. That allowed Napoleon to run the farm the way he wanted to, and make it easier for him rather than the other animals.
On the other hand, Snowball attempted to live according to Old Major’s rules and ideals. An obvious example is the windmill. Snowball wanted to build the windmill to ease everyone in their work. Snowball declared so much labor would be saved, that the animals would only need to work three days a week. Napoleon argued that the great need of the moment was to increase food production, and if they would waste time on the windmill, the would starve to death.
Snowball genuinely wanted to use the farms collective labor to improve the lives of everyone. He tried to convince the animals to take his side with reasoning and debate. Napoleon understands that if the animals aren’t constantly beaten down with labor, they will start to demand fair and equal environment that they were promised and he will be out of power In the debate, Napoleon used his trained dogs to run Snowball of the farm increasing his personal power.
All in all, Snowball and Napoleon both used great propaganda techniques in their struggle for power just like Dr. King and Malcolm X. Malcolm and Napoleon were harsh and hypercritical. King and Snowball were revolutionary and actually caring.