Show MoreAll animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” – George Orwell, this quote was written in the novel showing the abuse of the pigs towards the “Seven Commandments”, stating that some animals are “more equal” than others clearly leads to inequality among all the animals, as there is no such thing as “all animals” are equal but some are “more equal” the pigs are clearly trying to trick the other animals into believing that they can pursue every animals dream of freedom. Animal Farm is a novel that consists of various literary terms such as allegory, which was represented by the symbols and the content hidden behind the actions and personalities of the animals. The story is written by George Orwell, who decided to…show more content…
The rise and fall of Leon is portrayed in Napoleon’s actions towards Snowball. Leon was inspired by Karl Marx’s theory of Communism, which was made to unite the workers of the world creating the perfect society. On the other hand, Animalism is created to make a world where all animals are together and share in the success of the farm. Leon Trotsky was represented by Snowball, who thought that a number of rebellions were required to achieve the revolution's goals. Snowball invented many influential plans like the windmill, which reflects on Trotsky’s intelligent character. Both Snowball and Trotsky were exiled, because they both disagreed with Stalin and Napoleon. In the novel Napoleon plays Joseph Stalin’s role in the Russian Revolution. Both Stalin and Napoleon were not very good speakers; they were cruel, self-centered, and devious. They were not as educated as Leon and Snowball. Stalin was a bad leader; he didn’t follow Marx’s idea of communism, he only cared for power. Stalin used to kill the people who went against his commandments. He used the KGB (secret police), who killed anyone going against Trotsky’s orders. On the other hand, Napoleon used to kill the animals that went against him, he would do anything just to have power, he used the dogs to guard him and scare the others. Both Napoleon and Stalin used
Animal Farm Compared To The Russian Revolution
All of the characters in Animal farm have counterparts in real life. This book was based on the Russian Revolution, and all the important populace of the revolution are symbolized. Some of the animals represent individuals in the Russian Revolution, and some types of animals represent different types of Russian citizens. The book carries out much like the actual revolution. It starts out with hopes of an empire where all are equal and the unfair unjust leader is thrown out. Then it moves on to where some individuals begin to take more power than is rightfully theirs. At the end the rulers have completely taken over and the kingdom is as it was under the original rulers. I will compare the animals from top of the social class to the bottom. At the top were the pigs. Each pig represented someone different in the revolution. Old Major is compared to Lenin. He was an ideologist who dreamed up a wonderful government where all the animals were equal and the humans, or the czars, !
were pushed out. Unfortunately his dream would never materialize. Then we are left with his predecessors. The first is Snowball. Snowball believed one hundred percent in Old Majors ideals. He wanted all the things Old Major wanted, such as the welfare of the animals. In the Russian Revolution his counterpart would be Trotsky. Trotsky believed and wanted the same things as Lenin, and wanted to continue what Lenin had started. Then comes Napoleon. Napoleon was selfish and greedy. He did not want to share the
power or the decision making with any other individual. This was the same for Stalin. At first Napoleon and Snowball shared the decision making and had debates about what course of action they would take. This worked for awhile. Then Napoleon grew weary of long debates, and he thought he could make the decision by himself. He then forced Snowball out of the farm and started to spread lies about Snowball to get the entire farm against him. Stalin did the same thing against Trotsky and forced Trotsky into hiding into Mexico, where he was eventually assassinated. Both Stalin and Napoleon ruined any hopes of equal and fare government and instead set up dictatorships. Then comes the final important pig, Squealer. Squealer did not make the decisions in the government but acted more like the controlled media as in the Russian government. His job was to influence the people by exaggerating and re-writing history and sometimes telling plain lies all together. The people would listen t!
o him, and he would always listen to Napoleon. Other animals were the worker class type citizens. The types of citizens range from hard working to selfish and lazy. Molly, for instance, only cared about her ribbons, and wasn't much of a thinker. All she wanted to do was eat sugar, and look pretty.
Benjamin was a critic who always said "I've seen that before" and I'll never work." The cat was just plain lazy, and was always disappearing whenever work had to be done. The ducks were weak and did not get much done. Then there were other donkey?s which worked much harder and never thought of their own needs. The pigeons acted as message carriers spreading propaganda between farms, spreading Napoleon?s words from farm to farm, or in the actual Russian Revolution, country to country. Although all these animals are very different, they all shared one common trait. They were all weak. They all let Napoleon take over without much resistance. Just like Stalin took over Russia. These animals were too weak, too scared, or just lacked the intelligence required to do something about it. This is where it is the fault of the people. They should have stood up to Napoleon for what they fought for in the first place. The people must stand up to those who would destroy the system or else al!
l is lost. I think that this story was a good representation of the actual Russian Revolution. But it is even more than that. It shows how people can let certain individuals get away with anything just because they do not feel like standing up
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