File - George Orwell

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MAKING THE
CONNECTION
Animal Farm vs Soviet Russia
• ‘Animal Farm’ is written by George Orwell as another of his
anti- colonialist novels.
• He shared a socialist view expressed through his characters
where all goods are shared across the country and no one
has more than others.
• E.g. You have two cows, your neighbor has none. The
government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
• The animals on Manor Farm each mirror the roles of
previous Russian leaders and the values which corrupted
their cities.
• He masks the harsh reality of communism behind fictional
farm animals and thus creates a interactive and intriguing
learning experience for readers.
• Orwell’s primary thesis that ‘power not only corrupts but
also breeds a desire for more power’ is highly emphasized
in this work.
Mr. Jones VS Tsar Nicholas II
Tsar Nicholas II
Mr. Jones
• A heavy alcoholic who neglects
his animals and does not feed
them.
• Animals rebel and chase him
off the farm.
• Final Emperor of Russia.
• No experience in government
and mistreated his ministers.
• Was overthrown by Russia in a
rebellion against the
government.
Old Major VS Karl Marx
Old Major
• First animal to rebel against
man.
• Founded Animalism which
spread to other animals.
• Saw all animals as equals.
• Died before rebellion started.
Karl Marx
• Founder of Marxism.
• Theory developed into others
such as communism.
• Lead to the death of hundreds
of people under Soviet Union.
• Died in 1883.
Napoleon VS Josef Stalin
Napoleon
• Leader of Animal Farm.
• Evicted other leaders such as Mr.
Jones and Snowball to gain
leadership.
• Had a squad of 9 attacking dogs to
keep animals scared of him.
• Becomes power hungry and changes
animal rules to suit his communist
ideals.
• Benefits himself and the other pigs
by making deals with farmers and
pushing more productivity.
Josef Stalin
• Leader in Soviet Russia in 1930’s.
• Outranked dictators such as Leon
Trotsky and assumed a powerful
leadership role.
• Wanted to strengthen the Union
under communist ideals.
• Turned communism into his
theory of Stalinism.
Snowball VS Leon Trotsky
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Snowball
Against the ideas of fellow
leader (Napoleon).
Wanted control of the farm.
Thought about what was best
for the farm i.e. windmill.
Gains trust of many farm
animals but is banished by
Napoleons attack dogs.
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Leon Trotsky
Commissar of war in New Soviet
government.
Exiled several times to Siberia
but still wanted to take control
of the Union.
Rivaled against Josef Stalin for
leadership until Stalin won.
Assassinated on 20th August
1940 under Stalin’s power.
Farm Animals VS Soviet Proletariat
Farm Animals
• Minor farm animals with least
inclusion in leadership were
effected the most.
• Produce all labor and resources
while being watched over by
the Pigs.
• E.g. hard working horse Boxer
is sent to death after a bad
lung.
• No say in what happens to the
farm.
• Obligated to work.
Soviet Proletariat
• Lower working class were a
minor part in Soviet Union.
• Were forced to work for the
union.
• Intimidated by Union Police.
• Did not have a say in what
happens within the union or
country.
• Were killed unless agreeable
with the union.
Napoleon’s Dog squad VS Soviet KLB
Napoleon’s Dog Squad
• Napoleon had military force
from his dog squad to keep the
other animals from rebelling.
• The dogs were intimidating so
the animals would stay loyal to
him.
Soviet KLB
• The Soviet Union employed a
police force to ensure
maintained loyalty from
the people.
• They would use force.
• Made the environment safe
against rebellions.
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