What Is The Role Of Symbolism In Animal Farm By Napeorge Orwell

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Animal Farm written by George Orwell was published in 1945. Orwell had based the novel on the Russian Revolution but had satirised it as a fable, making it so the major individuals in the Revolution were animals. Old Major that is in charge of the farm is represented as Karl Marx and Lenin, Napoleon is Stalin and Snowball is Trotsky. This novel presents how George Orwell views the Revolution and his point of view. The major character that is mostly shown throughout the novel is Napoleon. Napoleon portrays many personalities to different animals on the farm that makes him the ruler in the end.

The Russian Revolution took place during the final stage of World War I, the Revolution brought transformation of the Russian Empire into Union of Soviet
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Napoleon had gained power after Old Major’s death, he was the pig in charge of the whole farm with overwhelming power and control. “I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice the Comrade Napoleon has made taking this extra labour upon himself.” (Orwell, 1945:33) This shows that Squealer shows that he agrees with Napoleon’s words and helps the other animals on the farm realise that he is superior to all animals. Napoleon had followed Old Major’s wishes for a short period of time and does as he wishes throughout the novel. Once Napoleon had gained power he kicks Snowball off the farm thinking Snowball as a threat to him. Similar to that Stalin exiled Trotsky to Mexico with the power he had gained. “...They dashed straight for Snowball…” (Orwell, 1945:32) With all the power Napoleon had achieved he had banished Snowball off the farm due to the reason Snowball was a threat to him. With the overwhelming power, Napoleon had gained Napoleon steals the cow 's milk and apples for himself. Stalin was just as worse as he seized all land and farms that were earlier given to the peasants for his own benefits. Stalin had believed collectivism would increase food production, however, the peasants felt resentful towards him. During the process, many died when forced to do labour or had …show more content…
Throughout this period of time, there were a variety of trials that were held off Soviet officials in the 1930’s by Stalin. Multiple officials were imprisoned or executed for alleged disloyalty of Stalin. The time Napoleon is successful he commits several crimes: stealing the cow’s milk, apples and deaths of animals on the farm right before the eyes of other animals. On Animal Farm there were animals that Napoleon that were disloyal to him so he had them killed by the dogs. “...The three hens who had been the ringleaders in the attempted rebellion over the eggs..They, too, were slaughtered” (Orwell, 1945:50) This shows that Napoleon had been cruel to animals on the farm without second thinking about them. Napoleon himself was not doing the dirty work it was the dogs that he had kidnapped and kept as his guards. “...the dogs promptly tore their throats out…” (Orwell, 1945:50) The issue of the actions of Napoleon was that he makes others do it for him and does not show heart when it comes to his comrades or even to his own kind,

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