The Role Of The Russian Revolution In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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During 1917, Russia undergoes an explosive uprising known as the Russian Revolution in which the Bolsheviks overthrow czarist rule and become the Communist Party. Later, in 1945, a novel is written by George Orwell chronicling a group of animals as they overthrow their farm in order to construct a government for themselves. When reading Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, it is evident the Russian Revolution is acting as a foundation for the novel. Animal Farm is an allegory for the Russian Revolution as the characters and events from both share very similar aspects. Throughout Animal Farm, various characters mirror the main players of the Russian Revolution. Mr. Jones is the first character who clearly represents someone during the Revolution. He is the owner of the farm and the …show more content…
Napoleon goes into power along with another pig after the animals take over the farm. However, Napoleon is not satisfied with sharing his power so he sends trained dogs to scare off his opponent. He needs to use brute force to scare the animals into following him because he lacks charisma, “When they had finished their confession, the dogs promptly tore their throats out, and in a terrible voice Napoleon demanded whether any other animal had anything to confess.” (Orwell 83). Napoleon uses dogs to enforce his rules and as a result, the terror throughout the animals spreads. Similarly, during the Russian Revolution, Joseph Stalin assumes power as Secretary of the Communist Party. However, his power becomes threatened and in order to regain control, Stalin establishes the police force KGB. Also, like Napoleon, Stalin relies on terror to keep power, which he does by sending those who disagree with him to prison camps. All three of the aforementioned Animal Farm characters have clear counterparts from the Russian Revolution, proving it to be an allegorical piece of

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