The Formation of Lenin as a Revolutionary
When one sees the man's picture it is hard not be taken aback by the omnipresent intensity beaming from his eyes. For a great many people the face has become synonymous with evil. Born Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov in 1870, the man later known as Lenin revolutionized all of Russia and earth as a whole came from unassuming beginnings.What caused the architect of the revolution, founding father of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and Marx's most influential intellectual disciple to become the man that he did (Haney 21)? Always an intelligent man, Lenin looked deep into the sociopolitical status of Russia and knew that it could be better. His own brother was a revolutionary and his execution left a deep impression on young Vladimir (Volkogonov 12). The fact that Lenin's brother died fighting for social revolution, his father had devoted his life to assisting the peasants, and that he was exposed to a great array of radical literature led to his being the extreme political revolutionary he was.
From a very young age, it was apparent that Lenin was a thinker. Usually at the head of his class, he always showed an amazing propensity for systematic work that characterized him his entire life. He soon gained a sense of superiority above his classmates; he was the center of attention and a favorite to all adults. He was not pompous or a braggart but more like he was unwilling to accept the views of others (Volkogonov 11).
Illya Ulyanov, Vladimir's father, was well-liked and admired public official. His job was inspector of public schools in the district. Illya greatly enjoyed his work because it brought him in contact with the less fortunate children of peasants. A man with a social conscience, Illya...