Animal Farm And Marxism

Characters, items, and events found in George Orwells book, Animal Farm, can be
compared to similar characters, items, and events found in Marxism and the 1917

Russian Revolution. This comparison will be shown by using the symbolism that is
in the book with similarities found in the Russian Revolution. Old Major was a
prized-boar that belonged to Farmer Jones. The fact that Old Major is himself a
boar was to signify that radical change and revolution are, themselves, boring
in the eyes of the proletariat (represented by the other barnyard animals), who
are more prone to worrying about work and survival in their everyday life. Old

Major gave many speeches to the farm animals about hope and the future. He is
the main animal who got the rebellion started even though he died before it
actually began. Old Majorís role compares to Lenin and Marx whose ideas were
to lead to the communist revolution. Animal Farm is a criticism of Karl Marx, as
well as a novel perpetuating his convictions of democratic Socialism. (Zwerdling,

20). Lenin became leader and teacher of the working class in Russia, and their
determination to struggle against capitalism. Like Old Major, Lenin and Marx
wrote essays and gave speeches to the working class poor. The working class in

Russia, as compared with the barnyard animals in Animal Farm, were a laboring
class of people that received low wages for their work. Like the animals in the
farm yard, the people is Russia thought there would be no oppression in a new
society because the working class people (or animals) would own all the riches
and hold all the power. (Golubeva and Gellerstein 168). Another character
represented in the book is Farmer Jones. He represents the symbol of the Czar

Nicholas in Russia who treated his people like Farmer Jones treated his animals.

The animal rebellion on the farm was started because Farmer Jones was a drunk
who never took care of the animals and who came home one night, left the gate
open and the animals rebelled. Czar Nicholas was a very weak man who treated his
people similar to how Farmer Jones treated his animals. The Czar made his
working class people very mad with the way he wielded his authority and preached
all the time, and the people suffered and finally demanded reform by rebelling.

The Czar said "The law will henceforward be respected and obeyed not only by
the nation but also the authority that rules it - and that the law would stand
above the changing views of the individual instruments of the supreme power."
(Pares 420). The animal Napoleon can be compared as a character representing

Stalin in Russia. Both were very mean looking, didnít talk very much but
always got what they wanted through force. In one part of the book Napoleon
charged the dogs on Snowball, another animal. Stalin became the Soviet Leader
after the death of Lenin. He was underestimated by his opponents who always
became his victims, and he had one of the most ruthless, regimes in history. In
was not till very many years later that the world found out about the many
deaths that Stalin created in Russia during the Revolution. For almost 50 years
the world thought that the Nazis had done the killing in Russia, when in fact it
was Stalin. (Imse 2). The last characters that are symbolic of each other are
the animal Snowball with the Russian leader Trotsky. Snowball was very
enthusiastic and was a leader who organized the defense of the farm. He gave
speeches and instructions but was not very beneficial. All the other animals
liked him, but he was outsmarted by Napoleon. Trotsky and Stalinís
relationship was very much like Snowballís and Napoleons. Trotsky organized
the Red Army and gave speeches and everyone in Russia thought he would win power
over Stalin. After Leninís death Trotsky lost all his power to Stalin and was
expelled from the communist party. He was at one time considered the second most
powerful man in Russia. (Trotsky" Comptons 290). Besides characters there are
many items that can be compared as symbols in the book and in Russia. The whip
that Napoleon used in the farmyard to wield power can be compared to the power
that Stalin used on the Russians. Napoleon carried a whip in his trotter. Stalin
used his power to starve the Russian people and to have Lenin arrested.

Stalinís main goal was to maximize his personal power. ("Stalin,"

Britannia 576). Stalin "whipped" his people into shape by collectivizing
agriculture, by police terror, and by