George Orwell 's Animal Farm

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Although George Orwell’s Animal Farm was created in order to mimic individuals as well as occurrences that took place during the Russian Revolution period, it is still possible to gain a comprehensive understanding of the text without a past knowledge of history through the exploitation of human nature’s imperfections. Following the publishment of his novel, Orwell confirmed that his goal in writing this fable was to expose the wrongdoing of the Soviet Union as well as the treachery of the true ideas of the Revolution. Nonetheless, there have been several other examples of events such as the French Revolution that can effortlessly be contrasted against components of the allegory. However, we need not to dig no deeper than to the…show more content…
Orwell’s character of Old Major depicts V. I. Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Party that gained control during the Revolution (CliffNotes. 2013). In his speech, it becomes apparent that Old Major has an uncompromising hatred for humans – for he is quoted saying, “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy” (page 6) – this mirrors how Lenin was inflexible with his views. An associate of Lenin’s was Leon Trotsky; his stand-in in Animal Farm is Snowball (SMMC PowerPoint. 2014.). Snowball’s hopes for the windmill reflect Trotsky’s intellectual demeanour as well as his ideas of how to put Karl Marx’s theory of Communism into action. Eventually, Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union and executed by Joseph Stalin, just like Snowball was banished from the farm by Napoleon (page 35) – George Orwell’s counterpart for Stalin. Napoleon’s dogs are a reference to Joseph Stalin’s secret police that he used to exterminate anyone who was seen as a threat to him. Stalin also used large amounts of propaganda – Squealer represents this in the novel (SMMC PowerPoint. 2014). The Battle of the Cowshed (page 26-27) mimics the Civil War that arose after the 1917 Revolution. Frederick Pilkington depicts Adolf Hitler, who established an
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