Animal Farm vs. Soviet Union

Animal Farm vs. Soviet Union

The abuse of power in both the Soviet Union and Animal Farm created many class issues.

The pigs in Animal Farm who represent the government, took advantage of their powers by taking everything from the lower classes. An example of how they abused their powers is when they afford themselves all the luxuries that Mr. Jones and his wife had, such as “lamp oil and candles for the house, sugar for Napoleon’s own table…” Also when they had made a commandment saying “No animal shall wear clothes”, but then a few months after, the story had said “All pigs, of whatever degree, were to have privilege of wearing green ribbons on their tails on Sundays”.

The 9 dogs that Napoleon taught since they were puppies represent the KGB or the Committee for State Security. The KGB’s used terror to control all the Russians and they also spied or destroyed all the anti-communists. They were dogs that chased Snowball away and even “One of them all but closed his jaws on Snowball’s tail, but Snowball whisked it free just in time”. The dogs even tried to attack Boxer, but “Boxer saw them coming and put out is great hoof, caught a dog in mid-air, and pinned him to the ground”. Then one day, Napoleon decides to tell the animals that if they have any crimes done, to confess now. Some animals confess knowing they will be executed by the dogs. When they were done, “there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon’s feet”.

Under the dogs/KGB’s, there comes all the other animals that represent the workers under Stalin, the arts, and all the other victims. Because of the pigs’ abuse of power, they lost all of their rights and even their belongings. One of the commandments states that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”, meaning that they don’t have to same rights as the pigs. An example of this is how only pigs can drink milk and eat apples, or how Squealer puts it “It is for your sake the we drink that milk and eat those apples” or if not “Jones...

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