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The Russian Revolution And Animal Farm

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The book Animal Farm by George Orwell was written in comparison to the way that the Russian revolution had taken place. The main idea of the book was that the petite bourgeoisie’s (the middle class people) were the ones who took advantage of the revolt. The petite bourgeoisie moved up the social tower to be the bourgeoisie (the noble class). The proletariat (peasants) did not want to rebel because they were to worried about what they were going to eat the next day.
Mr. Jones the owner and farmer of the Manor Farm from the book Animal Farm symbolizes Czar Nicholas II, leader of Russia during the revolution. Jones represents the old government, the last of the Czar’s. Czar Nicholas II ...view middle of the document...

He also states, “ It was in his private life, in the role of husband and father, that Nicholas excelled. He loved his wife and his children and indeed made the small world of his own family his entire world (Smith 31). Jones also left the farm unattended which lead to hardships for the animals, just as Czar Nicholas II left Russia unattended also.
“On Midsummer’s Eve, which was a Saturday, Mr. Jones went into Willingdon and got so drunk that he did not come back till midday on Sunday. The men had milked the cows in the early morning and then had gone out rabbiting, without bothering to feed the animals. When Mr. Jones got back he immediately went to sleep on the drawing room sofa with the News of the World over his face, so that evening came and the animals were still unfed (Orwell 13-14)

Czar Nicholas II and Mr. Jones are both poor leaders and irresponsible when it comes to their duties.
Mr. Jones was cruel, leaving the animals with small rations of food. The animal could not have bared it any longer, knowing that the food was there but Mr. Jones would not feed them. After Mr. Jones irresponsibility of not feeding the animals, he comes out and whips them for opening the store-shed which stored the animals aliment.
“At last they could stand it no longer. One of the cows broke in the door of the store-shed with her horn and all the animals began to help themselves from the bins. It was just then that Mr. Jones woke up. The next moment he and his four men were in the store-shed with whips in their hands, lashing out in all directions. This was more than the hungry animal could bear” (Orwell 14)

Czar Nicholas II is cruel to his people also. When a Czar of Russia was to be coronated it was a custom that free gifts were to be given out. But rumors started that there wasn’t going to be enough for everyone, which caused the crowds to get out of control. Some were hurt and some were killed. The worst part about it that when Nicholas II was going to do something for the people killed in that riot, he easily changed his mind to go to a party to celebrate his coronation.
“Far worse was the tragedy that occurred after the coronation, a huge crowd of five hundred thousand people had come to Moscow for the traditional open air –feast that would be held in a field outside the city. Free beer would be distributed, along with small souvenir, mostly enameled cups stamped with the imperial seal… A rumor spread that there were not enough gifts and beverages to go around, which set off a stampede of people…. Hundreds of people were trampled to death, and thousands of others were injured.
The czar and czarina were upset and told their family they would go to pray at a monastery to mourn the event. Instead the czar’s uncles insisted that he attended a lavish coronation ball being given for him by the French embassy” (Sherrow 35).

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