Symbolism In Animal Farm Essay

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In 1924, Joseph Stalin seized power and became the leader of the Soviet Union. This vicious dictator was truly a pure evil, who turned the Soviet Union into a slaughterhouse. "The only real power comes out of a long rifle." Joseph Stalin. The visions Stalin had for his country were revealed to the public through George Orwell 's Animal Farm. This novella symbolizes every aspect of the Russian Revolution, including several specific leaders and followers such as Napoleon and Boxer. Napoleon symbolizes Joseph Stalin, and Boxer symbolizes the working class who blindly follow Napoleon. Just as in the Russian Revolution, Napoleon and Boxer have dire consequences on the well-being of Animal Farm; Napoleon 's vicious wrath disassembles the foundations …show more content…
Just like the tyrannical leader Joseph Stalin, Napoleon in Animal Farm is a cruel, controlling, and self-serving pig who uses fear to control the animals into doing his bidding and creating an empire. Napoleon uses his power to make the lives of the animals more miserable, and to destroy the freedom and equality of all the animals. Napoleon chases Snowball off the farm immediately after he began winning the vote of the other animals. Snowball was the only pig who was able to stand up to Napoleon, and provided security and strong leadership. Napoleon did not want to have another pig in charge; as a result, he uses his KGB dogs to exile Snowball from the farm. Immediately following Snowball’s departure, Napoleon banishes the Sunday meetings to limit the power of all the other animals. Eventually Napoleon decides to reside in the luxuries provided in the farmhouse and changes the seven commandments along the way to make sure the farm animals believe that nothing is wrong. Napoleon slowly begins to break all the rules created by Old Major, and he ruins the principals of Animalism. Napoleon ordered mass executions to eliminate all of his enemies, …show more content…
The same thing happens on Animal Farm. Boxer is the most loyal and dedicated worker who works harder than any animal on the farm. Towering at a height of over six feet, he is the strongest and most substantial animal on the farm, yet he does not use his strength wisely. The animals on the farm admire Boxer as a devoted worker, and valued leader. His leadership only matches his willingness to follow and obey Napoleon’s bidding. Boxer allows himself to lose control of the farm. This presents itself when Boxer creates his motto of, "Napoleon is always right." This is the beginning of the end for Boxer who slowly begins to lose his strength and under the wrath of Napoleon does not achieve anything. Additionally, Boxer is not particularly intelligent and does not use his superior strength shrewdly. Boxer could have easily been able to rebel against the pigs and come out successful; however, Boxer 's lack of intelligence and ability to think ahead puts himself in a vulnerable position and eventually takes his life. Lastly, Boxer believes that working harder with little to no rest will improve his life overall. After years of working to the maximum, the strength left Boxers body as he collapsed of exhaustion. Napoleon then sold him to be slaughtered knowing that he had no value anymore. Sadly, Boxer was never fully aware of his potential and he pays the price

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