why some people would say that George Orwell based the following characters on the following historical figures:   Old Major - Vladimir Lenin Napoleon - Joseph Stalin Snowball - Leon Trotsky  

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Most of the characters and events in George Orwell's Animal Farm are meant to symbolize the course socialism took in the Soviet Union. Old Major symbolizes both Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin because they were the ideological "pure-breds" of the Communist revolutionary movement. Old Major's ideas were...

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