"George Orwell's Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution" Comparing the similarities of key characters that appeared in both Animal Farm and throughout the Russian Revolution.

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Many books these days are written with satire to show the ridiculousness of human actions. George Orwell's Animal Farm was written to shed light on the absurdity of the Russian Revolution. There are many similarities between the two. Both had a powerful and forceful leader who thought that he was always right, an older role model who led the Revolution with his own dreams in mind and a ruler who was overthrown. Orwell wanted to show people how we really have evolved from animals, bringing a part of them with us to human life.

The most significant detail that Orwell included in his book was Napoleon, a powerful and forceful leader, who seemed to think that he was always right. He based this character on Joseph Stalin from Russian history. Both ruled fiercely throughout their years in power. Stalin ruled by terror, after gaining the trust of the Russian people.

He scared his subjects to death, with his many plans for expansion and industrialization, trying to change their way of life, as they had known it. Napoleon started out by being a good leader, by "caring" for the animals' well-being. He later turned to terror by releasing Jessie's nine puppies, the enormous, fierce dogs that he had trained as his assistants. This similarity shows the reader that people can act just as uneducated as animals, even with their many years of schooling. Stalin allowed no one to oppose his decisions, and was responsible for the deaths of millions of Soviet peasants who had opposed his program of collective farming (Marrin). Napoleon killed the animals who confessed of their ties to Snowball. "They did not know which was more shocking - the treachery of the animals who had leagued themselves with Snowball, or the cruel retribution they had just witnessed." (Orwell...