Essay on Animal Farm and Russian Revolution of 1917 Compared

The novel Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, can be compared to the Russian Revolution of 1917. The idea of a revolution came from Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto that he wrote with Fredrick Engels. It was 1924 when Vladimir Lenin died and left Trotsky alone to lead the Russian people. Joseph Stalin, another high-powered man, knew of Trotsky's loss and tried to take over as ruler of the Russian people. Stalin prevailed and Trotsky was overpowered, exiled, and later killed, possibly through Stalin's instigation. It was not until Germany attacked Russia in World War II that Stalin had no other option but to join forces with those whom he revolted against in the first place, namely Britain and America.

In the novel Animal Farm there were many similar events that took place. An old pig by the name of Old Major gave a very significant speech to the other animals, which spoke of a revolt against human beings. Snowball was the leader of the revolution. Napoleon, another pig, took over and ruled over the other animals. The animals were soon unable to survive. They had to rely on the humans, whom they had revolted against at the beginning, for existence. In the novel Animal Farm the characters, Old Major, Benjamin, Snowball and Napoleon can be directly compared to the real figures of Marx, the Russian population, Trotsky and Stalin.

The old and wise pig Old Major, from Animal Farm, can be directly compared to the real figure of Karl Marx. Old Major gave a great and inspiring speech about a better life for animals, just as Marx had written in the Manifesto. Old Major's words were very powerful and they were the foundation of the animal revolution. Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto" was an influential piece of literature written to the Russia people. This is similar to Old Major. He was respected and looked up to for his wisdom and great thoughts. All the animals on the farm... Continues...

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