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Animal Farm: Napoleon vs. Stalin

Updated on April 18, 2009

I am a huge Animal Farm fan. Maybe my favorite book. I don't read much... Haha! Anyway this is a journal I wrote for my english class. This is before the paper was graded.

Stalin, the Russian leader during the Russian Revolution, and Napoleon, the head pig and ruler of Animal Farm, share more similarities than another characters and political figures in Animal Farm. Napoleon, in the novel Animal Farm, is modeled almost perfectly off of Joseph Stalin. Napoleon was developed to share character traits with Stalin such as intelligence, leadership, and devotion towards ones country. Just like Stalin was considered a great leader of the Russians, Napoleon was also considered a fantastic leader for Animal Farm. Stalin had tons of followers in his beliefs, the same way Napoleon had a bunch of followers. Many Russians agreed with Joseph Stalin on everything he did, and just about every animal on Animal Farm had a great devotion to and admired Napoleon because he was an extremely fast, smart thinker. However, with all of these followers backing up Stalin and Napoleon, it is impossible to make everybody happy, and both Stalin and Napoleon ran across several enemies. Joseph Stalin both encountered huge enemies during their reins. The enemy that Stalin had to deal with was Leon Trotsky, who greatly disapproved what Stalin was doing with Russia. Napoleon’s “Trotsky” was Snowball, who was actually modeled after Trotsky himself, and Napoleon cleverly negotiates with Snowball after Snowball knocks over the windmill the animals had worked so hard on for a long time. All of these similarities, and no two human beings, or animals, can have the exact same character traits and personality. Joseph, Stalin, was probably the largest supporter of communism in history. While Napoleon had similar beliefs that were considered communist ideas, communism in never once mentioned in Animal Farm; Napoleon, with help of the previous leader, Major, basically created the laws that were adhered to on Animal Farm, and the laws were what they thought was the best for the future of the farm. Amidst all of the amazingly vivid similarities, no two beings are exactly alike, but when George Orwell created Napoleon, he created him in Stalin’s image.

So Pink Floyd and Animal Farm are the two greatest things in the world, and finally somebody has posted a video combining the two. Sweet.


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      Jessy 2 years ago

      I think you arw all wrong. I think that Napoleon told people what to do and they believed him because boxer believed him. I think this essay was very good their with no typos and i think it was accurate. I am reading it for school and my teacher explained it and she has been teaching for 30 YEARS!! I think she know what she is doing so you are all worng in my opinon.

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      sd10 3 years ago

      this is so off. Napoleon and Stalin especially stalin were major dictators and were considered bad guys so I don't know what the heck ur saying

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      Marie 4 years ago

      Im doing a reoport on this and this is hard im doing th whole book and the russian revolution thank you fro helping me wth this

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      Kara 5 years ago

      You had this all wrong. Snowball was the quick thinker who got Animal Farm off the ground, while Napoleon was waiting around till after everything was done. Snowball didn't actually knock over the windmill, that was supposed to represent the propaganda occurring in the Russian Revolution.

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      wow 6 years ago

      u were like way off!!! um u should post your report AFTER it's graded... but then i guess you already know that after all the other comments. :)

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      FAIL 6 years ago

      This report is horrible and I'd be surprised if you didn't fail the assignment. Are you sure you read the book?

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      FarmGirl 6 years ago

      uh.. jj wrong book.

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      luke sky waka 7 years ago

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      Dylan 7 years ago

      Ummmm im pretty sure that Napoleon and Stalin weren't good leaders they just scared everyone into listening to him. Or he just tricked them into believing him. That is what Squealer did throughout the whole book. Anyone that opposed him he just got rid of that's not good. The secret police just made people look like they liked him when they really didn't. He made people work more for less and he took more. The people of Russsia would have been better off with Csar Nicholas II in power. He may not have fed them enough, but at least he didn't treat people like crap.

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      Chloe 7 years ago

      Who are all these stupid people? Jeez!

      1) Though we all know differently now, in Russia Stalin was considered an excellent leader, he was revered but this was because he manipulated them.

      2)Stalin was incredibly intelligent you fools, how do you think he got away with the things he did for so long, he utilized people, he played a game and he suceeded for a long time; otherwise how would he have beat of his opponents -Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev and Bukharin- in the Power Struggle.

      You may have all read the book but some of you clearly know nothing about the Historical Background. I've studied it and the book and some of these replies to this writers critique and understanding is not only rude but completely irrelevant.

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      OMG 7 years ago


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      KP 7 years ago

      Did we read the same book, Stalin was evil and ruthless and so was Napoleon. This isn't a complex book at all, everything is so clear so i don't know why you'd ever say Napoleon was intelligent (he stole Snowballs windmill plans remember).

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      duhduhduhduh 7 years ago


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      amy  7 years ago

      what is this this is all wrong why are you giving the wrong answer this is not what happened frist things frist they weren't cared for form every one and know one eveer liked them and if they ever said any thing to them they would get killed im sorry but u have to fix your essay upp or every on that writes wha you wrote are going to fail

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      J.J. 7 years ago

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      Justin 7 years ago

      Oops, sorry about that. I meant to say "Napoleon never worked with Old Major"

      haha, maybe I should've reviewed my own comment :P

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      Justin 7 years ago

      You have great ideas and demonstrate thorough knowledge of the subject, but the way you wrote misinterprets a few essential facts in the story, you may want to review certain statements regarding napoleon, snowball and Old Major. For one, Old Major did not work with old major to create the seven commandments. Just as Stalin and Marx did not work together, Marx died 1883, long before stalin came to power. This is paralleled as Old Major dies before any real government is established.

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      Tayler 7 years ago

      Thanks, although a few things were off, it was informative :)

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      Good attempt 7 years ago

      You got the basic point, but I have to agree with the last comment because Napoleon and Stalin are similar because of how bad of leaders they were. Although they were respected, they were obsessed with power, and eventually led their people to doom.

    • profile image suck 7 years ago

      um so... snowball never pushed the windmill down, it was a storm and napoleon wasn't a good leader. all the animals were too afraid to do anything about Napoleon, because he used language as a form of control. Stalin was NOT a good leader, he executed people in the streets and millions of people died while he was in power. wow, someone needs to do their research. i am only 15 and know a lot more about this book than you.

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      CatDog 7 years ago

      Very helpful...................................:)..........................catdog

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      KaylaKurbstomp 7 years ago

      pretty gooooooooooooood

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      Meg  8 years ago

      this is good thankyou!