Animal Farm Compared to Russian Revolution

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Animal Farm and Russian Revolution
There have been many books that have criticized politics. One of those books is George Orwell's novel Animal Farm. This book criticizes the dictatorships of the 1930s and 40s like Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini. Many people feel, including me, that it mainly targets Russia's totalitarian state. Animal Farm plays out the Russian Revolution and Stalin's rule. In the book a group of overworked and nearly starved animals revolt against a cruel farmer and establish their own society. This novel draws a lot of comparisons to the Russian Revolution and through Stalin's dictatorship.

After the farm is seized by the animals, the pigs, being the smartest of the animals, took on the leadership roles of the farm. One of those pigs was a pig named Napoleon. In the novel Napoleon plays Joseph Stalin's role in the Russian Revolution. Both Napoleon and Stalin were not good speakers and not as educated as their opponents. They both were cruel, brutal, selfish, devious, and corrupt. What drove them was their need for power and they killed anyone that opposed them. They both used propaganda and a secret police to gain power. These caparisons are the most obvious.

After both the Russian Revolution and the Animal Revolution Napoleon and Stalin are faced with smart and educated opponents. Napoleon is opposed by Snowball and Stalin is faced by Leon Trotsky. Both Trotsky and Snowball were revolutionary leaders. Both Trotsky and Snowball are more clever and better speakers than their opponents Stalin and Napoleon. Trotsky was a pure believer in communism and Snowball was a pure believer in Animalism. Trotsky really wanted to improve life for all the people of Russia. Snowball wanted to do the same for the animals on Animal Farm. Both Trotsky and Snowball were exiled. Trotsky was chased away by the KGB and Snowball by Napoleon's secret police, The Dogs.

To gain and maintain their power both Napoleon and Stalin used propaganda. Napoleon used...
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