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Stalin's five-year plan was made to upgrade Russia and bring it current with the

rest of the world within a five-year period. In Orwell's book Animal Farm, Napoleon -

Snowball thinks up the idea of constructing a windmill which looks like it is designed to

bring the farm up to current technology. In both cases, Stalin and Napoleon come off

trying to sell their ideas with the impression that it is to better the lives of the people and

the animals of the farm, but in reality the ideas are just dreams thought up to make the

leaders look good.

Snowball is a pig who lives on the farm, and is Napoleon's adversary. He wants to

be leader and is always causing problems for Napoleon. In Soviet history, Snowball is like

Trotsky, who is Stalin's rival. Snowball and Trotsky are always trying to get the animals

and people to understand that what the leader is doing is not best for them. In both cases,

Stalin and Napoleon get tired of the competition and run them off by turning the animals

and people against them.

Boxer is a cart horse who works night and day on the windmill and for Napoleon's

cause. When he hurts his hoof and is unable to work, Napoleon is uncaring and sends him

off to the slaughterhouse since he is of no further use. Some of the animals come to

realize what is happening and are mad at Napoleon, but Napoleon talks his way out of it

by convincing the animals that they are mistaken and the hospital uses vehicles marked

"slaughterhouse" to pick up injured animals. Stalin's character was similar as he used

people for his own advantage, and when they were not further useful to him, he eliminated


The dogs represent Napoleon's secret police. Napoleon raised them up from pups

so they think his way and will do anything for him. They help hunt down Snowball and do

Napoleon's dirty work so everyone is afraid of them. The dogs keep Napoleon in power

and act like Stalin's Russian secret police, who used any means they could to keep Stalin in


Squealer is the compassionate one and tries to set the animals' minds at rest and

keep peace. He was Orwell's reparation of propaganda. Squealer expressed napoleons

ideas in a way that always made him seam right.

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