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Published on March 6, 2014

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Animal Farm background including character allegorical parallels. Video links included for some historical events.

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George Orwell, a writer who was born in 1903, was intrigued by the Russian Revolution and decided to write an allegory about it. An allegory is a story where symbols or symbolic characters are used to portray real people or things.

Orwell wanted to expose what he called the “myth” of the Soviet system. He felt that because of His book, ANIMAL FARM, human behavior could not be published and greed, such until 1945, after war had a system could ceased. never function.

“Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever. Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”- George Orwell, ANIMAL FARM

Czar Nicholas Mr. Jones The king of Russia, from a dynasty 300 years in the making. He lived well while Russian peasants starved. Married to Alexandra, several children. The owner of Manor Farm. He forces the animals to work and doesn‟t take good care of them. He has a good life but doesn‟t share his good fortune with the animals, and they feel mistreated. =

Karl Marx/Vladmir Lenin These two men came up with the theory of Communism and inspired others to pursue the Revolution. Old Major = The oldest pig on the farm, he has a dream and comes up with the idea of an animal revolution against man.

Josef Stalin Napoleon Stalin had a power struggle with Leon Trotsky for the direction Russia (or the Soviet Union) would take after the Revolution A pig who fights with Snowball for control of the farm. He says he wants good conditions for all, but is really greedy. =

Leon Trotsky One of the revolutionary leaders who favored Socialism over Communism. He wanted better conditions and education for the common man, and was exiled to Mexico by Stalin. Snowball = An intellectual pig who wants good conditions and education for all the animals. He is betrayed by Napoleon and exiled from the farm.

Pravda – the Russian Propaganda Engine A state-run newspaper that was used by Stalin to control news, information and propaganda Squealer = A pig who acts as Napoleon‟s “mouthpiece” and he lies to cover up the crimes Napoleon commits.

Russian workers Boxer The “proletariat”, or common workers, made Stalin‟s Soviet regime work. They did not benefit from their hard work. A horse whose motto was “I will work harder” and “Napoleon is always right.” =

Czarist supporters Mollie Some Russians remained loyal to the Czar. They are called „czarists‟ and they had usually benefited from the Czar‟s lavish lifestyle A white horse who loves the ribbons and sugar the humans gave her. She misses the old days. =

Pigs: they represent the Communist party Dogs (puppies): they represent the KGB secret police Moses the Raven: represents Orwell’s idea that religion is used to keep people confused Sheep: they represent people who are blind followers and who don’t think for themselves. Other humans: represent different countries that had dealings with the Soviet Union (Hitler’s Germany, Churchill’s England, etc.)

Russian – Japanese War Feb. 1904

200 killed 800 wounded Bloody Sunday Jan. 9, 1905

World War I breaks out in Europe Czar Nicholas leads his men into battle. 1917

World War I breaks out in Europe Czar Nicholas leads his men into battle. 1917 Five months into the war, Russia had lost 400,000 men. They would eventually lose 2 million.

Things at home weren’t good either. It was bitter cold, and there wasn’t enough food to go around. People who were already tired of the Czar’s life of privilege began to talk of Revolution.

Things at home weren’t good either. It was bitter cold, and there wasn’t enough food to go around. People who were already tired of the Czar’s life of privilege began to talk of Revolution.

Russian society had two extremes at the turn of the century. There was a small population living in luxury, and everyone else lived in poverty.

Vladimir Ilych Lenin, a Russian intellectual revolutionary, seized power in the name of the Communist Party. The new regime took land and industry from private control and put them under government supervision.

Communism is a political system where all members are supposedly equal, and all work for the good of the system. Almost immediately, as Joseph Stalin wars raged on virtually every Russian front, Lenin‟s Leon Trotsky chief allies began Communism jockeying for power in the Gregory Zinoviev newly formed state Lev Kamenev

S t a l i n Stalin and Trotsky emerged as leaders following Lenin‟s death in 1924. Stalin formed an alliance against Trotsky, who was ousted from Moscow, then the Communist Party, then Russia altogether.

Socialism is a system of social and economic organizations that advocates community or government control of production, distribution, and land. Socialism Allows for the unequal distribution of goods and pay according to the amount of work done.

T r o t s k Trotsky was an intellectual that favored socialism over communism. He was eventually exiled out of Russia to Mexico. He believed that the government should pool resources to serve the people.

Stalin instituted a series of “show trials” that were already Those that were “convicted” were considered to decided. be “Enemies of the People” and were executed. He did this to his opponents to ensure control over the national government.

"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." Stalin By aligning his enemies with Trotsky, he ensured that his people and those who opposed him were controlled by fear. By associating someone with Trotsky, he could ensure their immediate removal from the party.

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