By: Meghan Kendrick and Jeremiah McAnulty
According to Animal Farm, Napoleon was a harsh ruler who led by terror. He chased Snowball off of the farm and tried to kill him. He also took away the animals' milk, apples, and eggs, some of which were sold for money to benefit the farm. He made all of the animals work very hard to build a strong windmill and even raised dogs from birth to attack his opponents.
Stalin was a very harsh leader of the USSR, he took power from Lenin when he died, by exiling Leon Trotsky and later killing him. He abolished the Russian Orthodox Churches and having portraits of him put up in every house. He also let many people starve and killed the people who opposed him. (Important events are in Connections.)
The novel Animal Farm, and the Russian Revolution are connected in many ways. The Battle of the Cowshed is like the Russian Revolution because the previous people in charge try to take back power, but lose badly. Stalin is like Napoleon in many ways, they're both very harsh rulers who killed a lot of people (or animals). They both let people starve, but didn't care, and they both had a form of protection, Stalin's military, and Napoleon's dogs.
Why Allegories Are Important
Allegories are very important because they show historical events in a way that young people can understand them. This also teaches children what symbolization is, like how the Battle of the Cowshed represents the first Battle of the Russian Revolution. Allegories are important because they show symbolization, they help children understand historical events and ideas, and they help children learn about history while reading a book that may entertain them,