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Relating Animal Farm to History: KBG vs Napoleon's Dogs

Amina Farahat and Raadia Khan English w. Miss T
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Raadia Khan

on 15 December 2012

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Transcript of Relating Animal Farm to History: KBG vs Napoleon's Dogs

The KGB
(Dogs in Animal Farm) Amina Farahat and Raadia Khan Who where the KGB?

The Russian KGB was an umbrella organization of USSR up till November 6, 1991. Russia’s-

> Main intelligence agency
> Security agency
> Secret police

...all came under the KGB. What could the KGB do? The KGB had several responsibilities. They-

> Conducted foreign intelligence operations
> Protected national boundaries/borders
> Eliminated rebellions and anti-USSR groups
> Protected elite and important VIPs
> Guarded leaders of the Communist party How were the KGB comparable to the Dogs? > Were usually college students who were trained from that age to shoot and kill
>> The Dogs were taken as puppies and reared by Napoleon to attack and kill

> Conducted foreign intelligence operations
>> The Dogs stayed by Napoleon's side as he negotiated with Pilkington etc.

> Protected national boundaries/borders
>> The Dogs fought in the Battle of the Windmill

> Eliminated rebellions and anti-USSR groups
>> The Dogs slaughtered any animal who spoke against Napoleon or his choices

> Protected elite and important VIPs
>> The Dogs walked in formation around the pigs

> Guarded leaders of the Communist party
>> The Dogs guarded Napoleon, even as he walked, ate and slept Who were the Dogs? Who were the KGB/Green Police? The KGB/Green Police were a secret police employed by the Russian government that allowed Stalin to stay in power.

The Dogs where nine puppies who were reared by Napoleon and trained to protect him, do his dirty work, and allow him to stay in power.

Do you see the similarity yet? Comparing each scene with the dogs to real life
Real life and fiction: Where they come together Events that the dogs were mentioned or appear in Animal Farm:

Napoleon takes them away from their parents- Jessie and Bluebell- to be "educated specially"
The dogs are next seen when Napoleon calls on them to chase out Snowball
Dogs constantly appeared surrounding Napoleon and the pigs, acting as bodyguards
During The Great Purge when innocent animals were forced into confessing to crimes, followed by the dogs killing them in front of everybody to play on their fear and keep them in check
During parades, the dogs are the only reason animals do not speak out against daily cruelty
Napoleon takes them away from their parents- Jessie and Bluebell- to be educated specially, saying that he would make himself responsible for their education,” and then raising them in isolation from the rest of the farm (3.12) Even though Stalin and previously recruited KGB members did not take newbies away from their families per say, they might as well have. The college students were approached and offered low wages to join, then trained secretly in the ways of combat and even how to kill with their bare hands.

They lead secret lives, hiding their work from friends, family, and anyone else involved in their personal lives. They changed as people, turning violent and rough when they might have been kind and gentle beforehand.


The dogs are next seen when Napoleon calls on them to chase out Snowball
Lenin had written in his will "I do not recommend comrade Stalin as General Secretary of the Party. This comrade has accumulated in his hands a tremendous power, and I am not sure that he would use that power with the necessary caution." This proved to be problematic to Stalin, who sent out assassins to eliminate any competition he could possibly have- like Lev Davidovich Trotsky- and assassinated them.

Much like Snowball, Trotsky moved away (or was chased out) and escaped to a safer place. He was later assassinated in Mexico. We do not know if Snowball was assassinated later on, but he was never seen after he was evicted from Animal Farm. Dogs constantly appeared surrounding Napoleon and the pigs, acting as bodyguards When Stalin was in power, nobody knew where his bedroom was except the KGB. Whenever he ventured outside, there would be six or seven cars in formation, driving at 100 mph. No one would know which car Stalin was riding in. The KGB were his personal assassins, bodyguards. They never left his side. During The Great Purge when innocent animals were forced into confessing to crimes, followed by the dogs killing them in front of everybody to play on their fear and keep them in check In 1932, Stalin noticed the opposition and took multiple people, and began "interrogation". They eventually became so disoriented and exhausted that they signed documents admitting to the alleged crimes, of trying to overthrow Stalin. They were executed publicly. There were three different trials. During parades, the dogs are the only reason animals do not speak out against daily cruelty Scenes in Animal Farm like this illustrate the fear factor used to keep both the Animals from the book at Russians in history in check, behind the line, following the laws and policies Napoleon and Stalin laid down. The Great Purge kept everybody quiet- it showed the people who capable the leaders' different secret police were. They did not want to be executed in the manner of their predecessors, so became submissive and followed whatever Napoleon or Stalin wanted them to.
>> Interesting Point! The dogs essentially become the pigs’ partners in crime. They are the ones who carry out Napoleon’s
execution orders, and they growl at anyone who seems to question the pigs’ decisions. In exchange,
the pigs let them stay in the farmhouse, and feed them better than the other animals. >> Sources
http://www.topspysecrets.com/russian-kgb.html

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=14493

http://www.shmoop.com/animal-farm/the-nine-dogs.html


Animal Farm by George Orwell
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