Animal Farm

The book Animal Farm by George Orwell is essentially retelling the story of the development of Russian communism, and the rise of the dictator Joseph Stalin. The events that are described in the book are representative to the historical events of the Russian Revolution. It depicts the struggle for power between Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin, the failure of Stalin’s Five-Year plan, and also the overthrow of the Russian government.
The windmill was put together by the pigs and put together with the backbreaking efforts of the farms other animals, despite the lack of food and sleep. “Some progress was made in the dry frosty weather that followed, but it was cruel work, and the animals could not feel as hopeful about it as they had felt before” (Orwell 84). It was promised to make life easier on Animal Farm, but when quickly destroyed and blamed on Snowball, hope was soon given up. “He declared, so much labor would be saved and the animals would only have to work three days a week” (Orwell 65).   This event is a symbolization of Stalin’s Five-Year plan. Just as the windmill was supposed to improve the animal’s life; Stalin’s Five-Year plan was supposed to improve Russia’s industry. After the destruction of the windmill the animals were convinced to build another one, just like Stalin kept putting out new plans, and promising that each new plan would solve Russia’s problems. “The first Five Year Plan introduced in 1928, concentrated on the development of iron and steel, machine-tools, electric power and transport.”

The animals believed that the humans would retake the farm, and in fact they were right. Mr. Jones and his men came and attacked the farm, regardless; the animals had formed a battle plan, and the men shortly retreated. “And so within five minutes of their invasion they were in ignominious retreat…” (Orwell 58). In the battle only one sheep was killed. “..then the sheep who had been killed was given a solemn funeral…” (Orwell 59). The animals made...