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Animal Farm vs 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 Majors 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
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