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Literature Essay

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Despite it being banned, a lot is to be said for George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Throughout 1950’s there was so much tension between the Soviet Union, and well, the rest of the world. In the time that Orwell wrote this novel, the First World War had come to a close in Europe. Despite the newly forming Russia, the World War put a damper on the already fragile state- only 20 years after a nasty civil war. Though the civil war was over, tensions between Russia and the United States never actually went away; The United States government was initially hostile to the Soviet leaders for taking Russia out of World War I and was opposed to a state ideologically based on communism. Although the ...view middle of the document...

He also writes that after only a short time in Europe, anyone who couldn’t see Stalin’s plans for the state was completely out of touch with reality. While writing “Animal Farm,” the author specifically picked out Stalinist Russia as the underlying purpose to show that that even the most well-intentioned societies were at risk during these years of crisis.
Going through the chapters, I found myself wondering why Lenin wasn’t mentioned. After all, he had power of Russia’s communist party for nearly two year, and was Stalin’s successor. I began rereading the novel only to find Orwell not only had used Old Major for the part of Lenin, but had also snuck in Marxist views which later become the commandments of the farm. The author shows Old Major in a sort of sympathetic light- He is portrayed as having the best intentions for the animals but is too naïve in his ideals to realize not all animals are as spirited in their involvement as he is. Through this analysis, it becomes clear that the author didn’t believe revolution was the answer for...

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