Animal Farm Russian Revolution Analysis

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Animal Farm is in many ways an allegory for the Russian Revolution. Many of the book’s prominent characters and events parallel leaders and events from the revolution. According to Wikipedia, the Russian Revolution started in March of 1917. The revolution began as a small revolt against the unsuccessful government during this time, but later grew to a full-blown revolution. Animal Farm was written in February of 1944. As seen in the writing of George Orwell, the animals revolted against Mr. Jones due to poor living conditions. George Orwell reflects on the Russian Revolution by evaluating the primary leaders, groups of people, and events that were part of the movement through the use of animals as characters. Old Major, the pig who died in the first chapter shares obvious similarities to Karl Marx. Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto, and Old Major came up with a large amount of the ideas for how the animals could separate themselves from…show more content…
In Chapters 8, 9, and 10, Napoleon sells timber to Mr. Frederick. Frederick then attacks the farm, destroying the windmill, and Napoleon invites the farmers to dinner. This corresponds to Stalin making a pact with Hitler to avoid war, then Hitler invading the USSR, destroying a lot of their industrialization. After all of this, the Tehran Conference takes place. (Mujkic).In conclusion, there are many shared similarities between Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution, which is expressed via the characters and actions of the novel. All of the characters were based off of important leaders/groups of people and many important components in the plot were based off of events from the Revolution. Animal Farm works perfectly to demonstrate what the Russian Revolution was genuinely like through the use of entertaining animals as characters. George Orwell expressed his views through the relationships between animals and humans to represent the relationships between people of the Russian
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