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Two Legs Bad Four Legs Just as BadMany great works have been inspired by events in history George Orwells Animal Farm provides an unusual outlook on the Russian Revolution and its leaders by using animals to represent their human counterparts Orwell attacks communist society and points out weaknesses in its government officials He calls for a close examination of the treatment of Russian citizens and questions whether they have any rights at all Orwell was careful in his designation of animals in Animal Farm especially in regards to the power reserved for the pigs Animal Farm uses the perfect combination of animal symbolism to relate the occurrences on Manor Farm to actual historical events of the Russian Revolution through the use of such characters as Napoleon Snowball Squealer and BoxerNapoleon is undoubtedly the most devout and corrupt character in the novel His domineering and brutal methods of ruling the farm draw strange but clear comparison to his human counterpart Joseph Stalin Napoleon is described as a large rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar the only Berkshire on the farm not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way Orwell 25 He Ingram 2dominates the political scene on Manor Farm controls the education of the youth and is a brilliant strategist when it comes to rallying support for his cause Napoleon throughout the novel fails to present an idea that is original but tends to take credit for the ideas of others Meyers 108 Like Stalin Napoleon is not a good speaker and is certainly not as clever as his political opponent However he makes good use of his resident smooth-talker Squealer to insure that his subjects see the purpose of his twisted commands while those who oppose him are merely torn apart by dogs that Napoleon
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