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by George Orwell

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What is the significance of Sugarcandy Mountain in Animal Farm?

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegorical tale inspired by the rise of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and the subjugation of the public through manipulation, deceit, and murder. Each of the main characters in Animal Farm represents a figure or concept from that period in Russian history. Arguably the most complicated figure in Orwell ’s story is Moses, a raven who espouses fantastical prophesies intended to reflect theological precepts of that deeply Christian country. The socialist/communist revolutionaries who replaced the czarist regimes that had dominated Russia for centuries were deeply anti-religion, in line with the ideological godfather of their movement, Karl Marx. For these figures, mainly Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin and others (i.e., the very figures upon which Orwell’s animals were modeled), religion was not only a false ideology, but one that could pose a serious threat to the communist system they set about to impose. Religion, the Bolshevik leaders understood, had to be...

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