Discuss an example during the Russian Revolution show the existence of a naive working class during that period in compared to what is shown in Animal Farm?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there is a fundamental lack of questioning on the part of the Russian citizenry when the Revolution took place represents an example of how easily led they were by those in the position of power.  In many respects, the animals in Orwell's narrative parallel this.  Both the Russian citizens and the Russian peasantry were lulled into complacency through skillful manipulation of the theoretical conditions that surrounded them. The Pigs' leadership and the Bolsheviks were able to convince their following that the previous regimes represented the ultimate evil.  In both, the theories of Animalism and Marxism were twisted to justify the leadership authority structures.  Both the Pigs and the Bolsheviks frequently quoted their respective theoretical backgrounds.  In doing so, they were able to convince their followings that the Revolution was an ultimate good, something that justified all types of hardship.  The same questioning and scrutiny that the Pigs applied to the humans like Jones and the same criticisms that the Bolsheviks applied to the Czar as well as the Provisional Government were not elements that applied to them.  This represented a skillful convergence of citizenry naivete and manipulation on the part of those in the position of power with the result being a lack of questioning and dissent.  In this, one sees how the Russian Revolution and the takeover of the Pigs in Orwell's narrative are similar to one another.

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