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Animal Farm - Comparison of characters to the


Russian Revolution
by George J. Lamont

Animal Farm
Comparison of characters to Russian Revolution

Animal Farm Russian Revolution


Mr. Jones Czar Nicholas II

• irresponsible to his animals (lets them • a poor leader at best, compared to


starve) western kings
• sometimes cruel - beats them with whip • cruel - sometimes brutal with opponents

• sometimes kind - mixes milk in animal • Sometimes kind - hired students as spies
mash to make $
Old Major Karl Marx

• taught Animalism • invented Communism


• workers do the work, rich keep the $, • "workers of the world unite", take over
animals revolt gov't

• dies before revolution • dies before Russian Revolution


Animalism Communism

• no owners, no rich, but no poor • same


• workers get a better life, all animals • all people equal
equal
• gov't owns everything, people own gov't
• everyone owns the farm
Snowball Leon Trotsky

• young, smart, good speaker, idealistic • other leader of "October Revolution"


• really wants to make life better for all • pure communist, followed Marx
• one of leaders of revolution • wanted to improve life for all in Russia

• chased away into exile by Napoleon's • chased away by Lenin's KGB (Lenin's
dogs secret police)
Napoleon Joseph Stalin
• not a good speaker, not educated like
• not a good speaker, not as clever like
Trotsky
Snowball
• same as Napoleon, didn't follow Marx's
• cruel, brutal, selfish, devious, corrupt
ideas
• his ambition is for power, killed
• cared for power, killed all that opposed
opponents
him
• used dogs, moses, and Squealor to
• used KGB, allowed church, and
control animals
propagandized
Propaganda department of Lenin's
Squealer
government
• big mouth, talks a lot
• worked for Stalin to support his image
• convinces animals to believe and
• used any lie to convince the people to
follow Napoleon
follow Stalin
• Changes and manipulates the
• benefited from the fact that education
commandments
was controlled
The Dogs KGB - Secret Police

• a private army that used fear to force • not really police, but forced support for
animals to work Stalin
• killed or intimidated any opponent of • used force, often killed entire families
Napoleon for disobedience

• another part of Napoleon's strategy to • totally loyal, part of Lenin's power, even
control animals over army
Moses the Raven Religion

• tells animals about SugarCandy • Marx said "Opiate of the people" a lie
mountain - Heaven • used to make people not complain and
• animals can go there if they work hard do their work
• Snowball and Major were against him • Religion was tolerared because people
• they though Heaven was a lie to make would work
animals work
• Napoleon let him stay because he • Stalin knew religion would stop violent
taught animals to revolutions

• work and not complain


Mollie Vain, selfish people in Russia and world

• was vain - loved her beauty and self • some people didn't care about revolution
• didn't think about the animal farm • only though about themselves

• went with anyone who gave her what • went to other countries that offered
she wanted more for them
Boxer Dedicated, but tricked communist
supporters
• strong, hard working horse, believes in
• people believed Stalin because he was
Animal Farm
"Communist"
• "Napoleon is always right", "I must
• many stayed loyal after it was obvious
work harder"
Stalin a tyrant
• gives his all, is betrayed by Napoleon,
• betrayed by Stalin who ignored and
who sells him
killed them
Skeptical people in Russia and outside
Russia
Benjamin
• weren't sure revolution would change
• old, wise donkey who is suspicious of
anything
revolution
• realized that a crazy leader can call
• thinks "nothing ever changes", is right
himself communist
• knew that communism wouldn't work
• his suspicions are true, about Boxer and
with power
sign changes
• hungry leaders
Overall details about revolution Overall details of Russian Revolution

• it was supposed to make life better for • supposed to fix problems from Czar
all • life was even worse long after
• life was worse at the end revolution
• The leaders became the same as, or
worse than, • Stalin made Czar look like a nice guy

• the other farmers (humans) they


rebelled against