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Discuss two reasons why Old Major is important in the book Animal Farm. Who is Old Major's historical parallel?

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Old Major is important because he represents a sort of idealized figure in the text. He is "so highly regarded" at the Manor Farm that the animals are all quite willing to delay their bedtimes after a long day at work in order to hear him speak. He is a prize-winning boar whose real name is Willingdon Beauty (quite an aristocratic-sounding appellation), but he is really all for equality and inspiring the other animals to stand up for what is right. He champions justice and the downfall of the corrupt leadership of the farm, led by the drunken and incompetent Mr. Jones.

We might read Vladimir...

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spencerthewinner | Student

lol you are a seton home schooler

 

west-man | Student

You guys forgot something, if old major was only Karl marx, than I would like to ask:

Where is Lenin than? Because in the story, in this case,  it would go from Karl Marx, directly to Trotski and Stalin...

I can't tell you the answer, i can only say that there still is a gap in the answers of the other ones.

I suggest that Old Major is a mix between Marx and Lenin...

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Confused, I highly recommend you read ms-mcgregor's answer. It provides a general overview, yet to the point.

 Just a few things I'd like to develop on.

Old Major's initial idea was for all the animals to rule and live freely. Him, being a wise-old 'man', allows for the other animals to attentively listen to what he has to say.

But after his death (Old Major), the pigs developed on the idea that they should become the ruling party, despite the conditions laid out by Old Major.

Another interesting point to notice is how the author describes Old Major's head being buried. This further signfies that the original concept and idea that Old Major had, has gone with him (they are no longer there, and are as useless as the dirt he's burried it)

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