In Animal Farm, where is Napoleon during the battle of the cowshed? Is this significant? Please explain in detail.

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Napoleon is absent during the battle of the Cowshed in Orwell's Animal Farm. Orwell makes a point to show that though nobody spoke more fiercely about the danger of the humans and their imminent threat of reappearing on the farm, when it came to actually going to war with them, Napoleon left the fighting to the other animals. His political opponent, Snowball, led the charge against the humans and got wounded in the process, earning him great honour/prestige among the animals. This is another example of Napoleon's hypocritical stance on the farm. He wants all the rewards with no sacrifice.

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