"Animal Farm-Russian Revolution" by George Orwell.

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A Pig Who Reflects Trotsky

After the animals had overthrown Mr. Jones, in the novel Animal Farm, a group of animals immediately gained power among the new citizens of the farm. The pigs were the fortunate ones; they had more privileges than the rest of the animals. At the beginning of this new society, there was one pig that was highlighted the most, Snowball. Snowball reflects the historical figure Lev Davidovich Bronstein (1879-1940), known as Leon Trotsky, from the Russian Revolution.

Snowball was one of the organizers of Animal Farm after the revolution was held. He was the most intelligent and best writer of all the animals. ''Then Snowball (for it was Snowball who was best at writing) took a brush (...) painted out Manor Farm (...) and in its place painted Animal Farm.'' (Orwell, 43) It can be said that Snowball was the one of the most irreplaceable person who created Animal Farm.

Before the revolution was made, Snowball had been preparing and teaching the other animals about it. ''These three [Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer] had elaborated old Major's teachings into a complete system of thought, to which they gave the name Animalism.'' (36)

Like Snowball, Leon Trotsky was a very intellectual person; he was also a great writer. According to encarta.msn.com ''Trotsky excelled in all subjects and was always at the top of his class.'' He wrote lots of books, such as Results and Prospect in which he discussed about his theory of permanent revolution; My Life, an autobiography; and he also worked as theoretician and journalist (Britannica, 944-945). Trotsky was one of the most important brains in the Russian Revolution. ''If Lenin was the uncontested leader of the Bolsheviks, it was Leon Trotsky who became their organizational genius.'' (The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the former Soviet...