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Animal Farm Parallels to the Russian Revolution

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Sam River

on 26 February 2014

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Stalin had millions of innocent party members killed for not following the Communist Party.
The execution of the hens, the 4 pigs, and other animals that confessed to Napolean about being involved with Snowball represents Stalin's Great Blood Purges of 1936 to 1938, where Stalin executed any and all who stood against the Communist Party with the help of the KGB.
The Take Over
For a while on Animal Farm, there had been more than one leader. The most dominant of which were Napolean and Snowball, although they both had very adverse views on policies and seldom agreed on anything. Eventually Napolean violently forces Snowball from not only his position, but Animal Farm as a whole. This event in Animal Farm is parallel to Joseph Stalin having his political rival, Leon Trotsky, killed in order for him to declare himself Soviet Dictator in 1926.
Crushed Dreams
In the Battle of the Windmill, neighboring farmers invade Animal
Farm and destroy the windmill that the animals prided themselves in completing over the years. Upon its destruction, the animals lost all hope for the windmill and what was to become of Animal Farm.

This event is a direct reference to the
German invasion of Russia's prized city of Stalingrad. The battle at Stalingrad left a majority of the beautiful city in rubble, leaving Russians with a sense of hopelessness and anger towards the Germans.

In Animal Farm, the Battle of Cowshed, Jones and the rest of the farmers invade the farm in an attempt to retake it for themselves and remove the animals from power. This event is a direct parallel to the British invasion of Russia that happened shortly after Lenin instated communism in Russia. The British sought to remove Lenin from power and return Russia to its former government, however the invasion did not succeed.
Totally not by Sam and Jake
Animal Farm Parallels to the Russian Revolution
British invasion of Russia in 1918.
Portrait of Joseph Stalin.
The Pact
Napolean agrees to sell the wood to Pilkington, however after the transaction is completed, the pigs soon realize that they were payed in counterfeit currency, which removed all compliance between Animal Farm and Pinchfield Farm, and put very harsh tension in between them.

This event is representative of the Nazi-Soviet pact, a deal that established trade between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Relations turned stale when Germany attempted to pay Russia with counterfeit for the goods they were trading. The same hostility was exhibited between these two nations as there was between the two farms in the novel.
Joseph Stalin signing
the Nazi-Soviet Pact
in 1939.
When Napolean hears that other farms are starting to talk about food shortage on Animal Farm, he quickly reacts by filling the would-be food barrels with sand and placing what's left of the actual food on top to make it look as if the rumors were false.

The same happened with Russia when other nations began to talk of widespread famine within the country caused by Stalin's collectivization of what agriculture Russia had managed to produce. The Soviet leadership was confident that the replacement of individual peasant farms by collective ones would immediately increase the food supply for urban population, the supply of raw materials for processing industry, and agricultural exports.
"The First Tractor" by
Vladimir Krikhatsky
Works Cited
1. Passantino, Mitchell. The Novel as an Allegory: Historical Parallels in Animal Farm. N.p.: n.p., 2011. PPT.

2. Digital FileTagsEditDelete
Perles, Keren. "Parallels Between "Animal Farm," and the Russian Revolution." Www.brighthubeducation.com. Bright Hub Education, 2012. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <www.brighthubeducation.com/homework-help-literature/55971-animal-farm-parallels-to-Russian-Revolution/>.

3. PSHS. "Parallels Between Animal Farm And Actual Historical Events And Characters." Parallels between Animal Farm and Actual Historical Events and Characters Flashcards. PSHS, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. <http://www.cram.com/flashcards/animal-farm-parallels-2463338>.
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