Joseph Stalin was known as one of the most powerful dictators in world history. Stalin lead by terror and fear, he killed anyone that opposed him. Power can do very strange things to people and it did a very strange thing to Joseph Stalin. Stalin ruled the USSR from 1929 to 1953. In the book Animal Farm by George Orwell, Orwell is using a farm taken over by animals to use as an example of how Stalin was ruling the USSR.
This book was very interesting, but you first need to understand how Stalin ruled the USSR. Once Stalin gained power he used many methods for keeping his power. One is using fear to make people do what he wants. Other things include propaganda such as Stalin put his name in the Soviet Union’s national anthem, Stalin also put his name on city streets and in history books to make himself have more of an important role in the revolution of the USSR.
Napoleon, who is one of the main characters in Animal Farm , is a very close comparison to Joseph Stalin. Napoleon used dogs that he trained since they were very little to use as his guard dogs. Just like how Stalin used violence to put fear into people so then he could make them do whatever he wanted. Napoleon also decides to change the rules that were given in the beginning of the book. Instead of having seven rules in place he only has one. Napoleon also starts to act very vicious to Snowball who is the other pig. Snowball openly does not like what Napoleon is doing with the farm. Suddenly one night when the windmill falls over because of the wind, Napoleon automatically says that it was Snowball’s fault and anyone that was in contact with Snowball should be put to death because they helped Snowball. It actuality was just the wind and Napoleon just wanted to find a reason why he should kill the other animals that disagree with his actions.
This book is very good and I recommend it to anyone that is familiar with how Stalin used violence and terror to manipulate people into doing what he wanted. It is also a good story and has many other themes that are very interesting. This book is not only a good read but also a good history lesson if they understand what they are reading.