Who does Snowball represent in Animal Farm?

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In Animal Farm, Orwell created Snowball to represent Leon Trotsky , a leading figure in the Russian Revolution, and this is made clear in several ways. First of all, just like Trotsky, Snowball is an effective and persuasive public speaker. This skill is most clearly demonstrated in Chapter Five...

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In Animal Farm, Orwell created Snowball to represent Leon Trotsky, a leading figure in the Russian Revolution, and this is made clear in several ways. First of all, just like Trotsky, Snowball is an effective and persuasive public speaker. This skill is most clearly demonstrated in Chapter Five when Snowball convinces the animals of the potential advantages of the windmill and manages to win the majority of them over.

This skill, however, lands Snowball in trouble with Napoleon. This conflict is based on the real-life battle between Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin, which resulted in the expulsion of Trotsky from the Soviet Union in 1929. This event is portrayed by Orwell in Chapter Five when Napoleon sets his guard dogs on Snowball and chases him off the farm. Just like Trotsky and the Soviet Union, Snowball never again steps foot on Animal Farm.

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Snowball represents a man named Trotsky. Snowball represents the brains of the animals. He thinks strategy and he thinks for the animals' benefit.

Trotsky was one of the men who Lenin had as a right-hand man during the beginning of the institution of Communism in Russia around 1917. Trotsky might have been a good predecessor of Lenin following his 1924 death. However, Stalin (the Napoleon character) did away with Trotsky early on by exiling him from the USSR.

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