Animal Farm vs Russian Revolution

By: Jon Wilbur

Napoleon vs Stalin rise to power

In Animal Farm Napoleon didn't control the farm until he got rid of Snowball with the use of Napoleons "secret army", with him gone he ultimately became the leader of the farm. Once Snowball was gone Napoleon was able to make decisions without asking for the approval of the other animals. Since Napoleon was leader of the farm he was able to lie to the other animal creating a dictatorship. Joeseph Stalin did the same thing during the Russian Revolution.Leon Trotsky feared for his life and because of that he fled to Mexico where he was tracked down and killed by Stalin’s secret police, creating a dictatorship. Since Stalin didn't have Trotsky's voice against him, he gained power and influence over his people. They believed everything he said was truthful because that's what they wanted to believe. Napoleon manipulated the other animals to get what he wanted while Stalin used his ability and power to get what he wanted,and if anyone questioned him they were to be sentenced to death as a tyrant to the leader.

Who the animals are based off of

Evidence

"Comrades, you have heard already about the strange dream that I had last night. But I will come to the dream later. I have something else to say first. I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired. I have had a long life, I have had much time for thought as I lay alone in my stall, and I think I may say that I understand the nature of life on this earth as well as any animal now living. It is about this that I wish to speak to you."


Meaning a dream may convince him that a communist utopia may work.

Evidence

"At the meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at convincing support for himself in between times."


Napoleon has trained the sheep to ignore Snowballs clever and probably half decent ideas.

Evidence

"All that year the animals worked like salves. But they are happy in their work; they grudged no effort or sacrifice."


So far it seems like the "utopia" is going well except the fact people have to work

Evidence

"I wouldn't believe such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault of ourselves."


Boxer is strong enough to overthrow humans

Evidence

"A few days later, when the terror caused by the executions had died down, some of the animals remembered–or thought they remembered–that the Sixth Commandment decreed "No animal shall kill any other animal." And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this. Clover asked Benjamin to read her the Sixth Commandment, and when Benjamin, as usual, said that he refused to meddle in such matters, she fetched Muriel. Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: "No animal shall kill any other animal without cause." Somehow or other, the last two words had slipped out of the animals' memory. But they saw now that the Commandment had not been violated; for clearly there was good reason for killing the traitors who had leagued themselves with Snowball."


This is harmful because the pigs could use anything as a reason to kill

Evidence

"Napoleon was always referred to as, " Our Leader, Comrade Napoleon." "


They praise Napoleon for no reason.