How Lenin Divided Up The People

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The fairytale “How Lenin And The Tsar Divided Up The People” blends folklore and class analysis. In the tale, Lenin is portrayed as a man who “knew everything about all things” (Anonymous 123). He also has a magic word that can topple the Tsar and take all his men. These supernatural attributes are common in folklore; they occur without explanation and drive the narrative forward. Lenin scares the Tsar into giving up half his kingdom, but instead of asking for the nobles, he asks for all the peasants and factory workers. This plot point creates a bond between the common folk and the protagonist, Lenin, and a connection between the antagonist, the Tsar, and the nobles. As the tale continues, the Tsar realizes he’s been tricked and that he’s
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