Parallels Between "Animal Farm" And Soviet History

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Confusion, hunger, anger, and the unknown ran through the minds of those whom were caught in the middle of the Russian Revolution. Their hard work towards their dream of a better life was put to shame by their once companion, turned leader, Stalin. The leader who the people of Russia believed, and were told, could be their equal and lead Russia to the glory of guaranteed jobs, food, hospitalisation, education, housing, and pension plans through Communism. Of course, as history would have it, this glory was short lived. The novel Animal Farm depicts the revolution by facilitating it so that it is easier to understand the mood and the events that occurred. The author, George Orwell, does this ...view middle of the document...

Stalin, in turn, used this to his advantage to impose a powerful Dictatorship.In Animal Farm when Napoleon seized complete control of the farm by expelling Snowball it left Napoleon to lead without opposition. This allowed him to make decisions without asking for the approval of another. The dictatorship also allowed Napoleon to lie to his people without the truth being dug up by an associate. Stalin did the same thing in Russia. Trotsky, in fear of his life, fled to Mexico where he was hunted down and killed by Stalin's secret police, creating a dictatorship. Without a voice against him, Stalin gained power and influence over his people. They believed everything he said and promised because they wanted to believe. Their goal of a better life was their weakness as Napoleon manipulated and used propaganda to get them to do what he wanted. The most awarding part about the dictatorship for Stalin was his ability to ignore the rules of communism without opposition and without question from his people. Anyone who did question him was sentenced to death as a tyrant to the leader.One of the most important jobs of a leader is to see that rules are made and followed to benefit and unite the people of his/her constituency. In Animal Farm it showed how the leader, Napoleon, changed the rules to work with his needs, however, it did not show the results of changing them. Once the rules were changed it left the door open for the other animals to...

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