Animal Farm : A Critique Of Stalin 's Rise And Rule Essay

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Animal Farm: A Critique of Stalin’s Rise and Rule
George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. One of his most famous novels is Animal Farm, an allegorical dystopian novel published in England on 17 August 1945 about a farm whose animals overthrow the human rule, but over time become as cruel as their former oppressors. According to Online-Literature.com, Orwell’s book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then the several years into the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. The universal theme of the novel is that power can be presented as shared, but really be absolute and greed ultimately corrupts states causing it to fail its people who were promised prosperity. Communism does not work because it oppresses almost everyone equally except for the top. The clearest and strongest examples of the novel mirroring Stalin’s rise and regime are with the book’s characteristics of human (in this case animal) rights, class conflict, and truth and falsehood, which are prevalent issues and criticisms of Stalin’s reign.
The animals collectively fought for Animalism, or the principle of equal animal rights, just as the Russians fought in the revolution of 1917 on the promise that everyone will be treated equally well. In chapter one, Old Major interrupts his speech appealing to the animals for a Rebellion against the humans by asking for a vote on whether “wild creatures, such as rats and rabbits” should be included in the…

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