Animal Farm Parallels In the book Animal Farm, George Orwell uses animals to symbolically represent humans and man’s creation of government and society. Orwell allegorically uses animals and their social groups to criticize Joseph Stalin’s rise to power, the overall nature of mankind, and the many difficulties that people must face in life. In the story there are many parallels that symbolically represents situations from the Russian Revolution. Some of the parallels are Trotsky to Snowball,the different ideology and dislike for each other Stalin and Trotsky had to the disagreements between Napoleon and Snowball, and Stalins to Napoleons show trials. Orwell retells the Russian Revolution through a fable and uses animals and farms. The first parallel is Trotsky to Snowball. Leon Trotsky being an a powerful speaker won the votes of many Russians. He had great influence over Russia because he was a war hero. Trotsky led the Red Army to victory in the civil war against the White Army, he was also very organized which led to his victory. Orwell depicted Trotsky as Snowball the intellectual pig. “ Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive.” This shows how Snowball was like Trotsky. Another way of presenting this is how Snowball led the animals to triumph in the Battle of the Cowshed. “Jones and his his men... had entered the five barred gate and were coming... they were going to attempt to recapture of the farm. This had been long expected, and all preparations had been
made. Snowball... was in charge of the defensive operations. He gave orders quickly... every animal was at his post. Snowball launched his first attack... intended to create a little disorder...Snowball now launched his second line of attack... once again the men...were too strong for them ; a squeal from Snowball, which was a signal for retreat... the men gave a shout of triumph... Snowball had intended...as...
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