Anmial Farm



Stalin\'s five-year plan was made to upgrade Russia and bring it current with the
rest of the world within a five-year period. In Orwell\'s book Animal Farm, Napoleon -
Snowball thinks up the idea of constructing a windmill which looks like it is designed to
bring the farm up to current technology. In both cases, Stalin and Napoleon come off
trying to sell their ideas with the impression that it is to better the lives of the people and
the animals of the farm, but in reality the ideas are just dreams thought up to make the
leaders look good.

Snowball is a pig who lives on the farm, and is Napoleon\'s adversary. He wants to
be leader and is always causing problems for Napoleon. In Soviet history, Snowball is like
Trotsky, who is Stalin\'s rival. Snowball and Trotsky are always trying to get the animals
and people to understand that what the leader is doing is not best for them. In both cases,
Stalin and Napoleon get tired of the competition and run them off by turning the animals
and people against them.

Boxer is a cart horse who works night and day on the windmill and for Napoleon\'s
cause. When he hurts his hoof and is unable to work, Napoleon is uncaring and sends him
off to the slaughterhouse since he is of no further use. Some of the animals come to
realize what is happening and are mad at Napoleon, but Napoleon talks his way out of it
by convincing the animals that they are mistaken and the hospital uses vehicles marked
"slaughterhouse" to pick up injured animals. Stalin\'s character was similar as he used
people for his own advantage, and when they were not further useful to him, he eliminated
them.

The dogs represent Napoleon\'s secret police. Napoleon raised them up from pups
so they think his way and will do anything for him. They help hunt down Snowball and do
Napoleon\'s dirty work so everyone is afraid of them. The dogs keep Napoleon in power
and act like Stalin\'s Russian secret police, who used any means they could to keep Stalin in
power.

Squealer is the compassionate one and tries to set the animals\' minds at rest and
keep peace. He was Orwell\'s reparation of propaganda. Squealer expressed napoleons
ideas in a way that always made him seam right.

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