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What in "Animal Farm" parallels Stalin's Five Year Plan?Describe the...

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confused101 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted September 17, 2008 at 10:34 AM via web

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What in "Animal Farm" parallels Stalin's Five Year Plan?

Describe the parallels to the plan and its implementation.

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cherryames | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2011 at 3:06 AM (Answer #3)

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 17, 2008 at 10:54 AM (Answer #1)

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The building of the windmill is the event which parallels the introduction and eventual collapse of Trotsky's Five Year Plan (later claimed by Stalin to be his own idea!).

Snowball (Trotsky) and Napoleon (Stalin) argue about the possibility of building a windmill and industrialising the farm (the Five Year Plan): Snowball argues that the windmill will increase productivity when constructed, but Napoleon doesn't think there is enough food to sustain its construction.

The windmill (the Five Year Plan) is at the centre of the split between the two factions (representing Trotskyist and Stalinist Communism). Then Napoleon exiles Snowball and his Animalism is adopted generally, Napoleon convincing everyone that the windmill was always his idea, just as Stalin did with Trotsky's theories.

The destruction of the windmill represents the collapse of the plan.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM (Answer #2)

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In Chapter 6, the animals begin to work relentlessly on the windmill. This represents the first of Stalin's five year plans. The goal of the plans was to bring the Soviet Union into the 20th century. Orwell mirrors Stalin's pattern of taking complete control of industry by having Napoleon take complete control of the building of the windmill. The animals do succeed in building the windmill, but similar to Russian history, they do not benefit personally from all their work. The animals suffer shortages and are forced to do "voluntary" Sunday work. But the windmill, like Stalin's heavy industry, still doesn't provide them with the basic things they need.

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