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Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution

British Literature 1984/Animal Farm

Tracy Catlin

on 24 November 2015

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Transcript of Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution

Animal Farm: A dystopian allegorical satire ...
Mr. Jones = Czar Nicholas II
Poor leader: cruel, uninformed regarding condition of the people,
economy, and hardships. Historians are split on WHY TNII was a poor leader. Some have noted that Nicholas II was simply not able to handle the vastness of his "job" and the people were ill-treated because of that.
Snowball = Leon Trotsky
Leader of the Bolshevik Revolution
Wanted to improve life in Russia
Run off by the KGB
Napoleon = Joseph Stalin
Not as educated as Trotsky
Poor Speaker
Cruel; brutal
Killed all who opposed him
Old Major = both Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin
Inventors of Communism
Workers of the World Unite
Died before the Bolshevik Revolution

Squealer = Pravda (name of the newspaper)
Stalin's propaganda department
Worked to build Stalin's image
Convinced people to follow Stalin through lies
Sought to keep public ignorant except regarding the good of Stalin
Animalism = Communism
All people are equal
Government owns everything
People own government
Farm House = Kremlin
Battle of the Cowshed-----
Russian Revolution of 1917
Boxer = Proletariat (the working class)
Supporters of Karl Marx
Worked hard to achieve communism
Loyal to Stalin though he was a tyrant
Betrayed by Stalin; many slain by his orders
Pigs = Bolsheviks
The brains and leaders of the revolution
Overthrew the Czar and became leaders of a new society
Beasts of England = National Anthem
Inspired the revolution
Later outlawed to prevent rebellion
Benjamin = Skeptics
People who weren't sure the revolution would change everything
Realized that a crazy leader can call himself a communist
Knew that communism wouldn't work
Dogs = KGB
Not really police but enforced support for Stalin
Killed entire families for disobedience
Totally loyal
Part of Stalin's power even other army
Mollie-----White Russians
Vain Selfish people who didn't care
Thought of self
Went to ther countries that offered more for them
Animal Farm = early 1900's Russia
Moses = Religion
Marx says opiate of the people
Used to make people work w/o complaint
Tolerated because people would work
Stalin knew religion would stop violent revolutions
the whip
symbol of oppression

Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti
or Committee for State Security
Propaganda: influencing a
group of people, presenting
information (usually political) that might
provoke an EMOTIONAL (pathos) response.
The propaganda cartoon you are about to see is from WWII (NOT the Russian Rev!).
Note the emotion that is *supposed* to be evoked with the use of images and repetitive phrases (taxes ... taxes ... taxes ...).
Note the use of the swastika, the Japanese flag and the use of taxes for the war effort. Answer: Would this video be considered appropriate in today's time and culture?
A note about Nicholas II's family:
Remember Anastasia?
She was one of the Russian family's
kids who "seemed" to have escaped
the brutal murder of her family.
Dystopia is a futuristic view of society that has degraded into something very repressive (bad).
Utopia is the opposite.
Allegory is telling a story with a moral message using symbolism. These symbols oftentimes use animals. Fable.
(Mrs. Czar) Alexandra
Czar Nicholas II
moral: concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.
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