basic biography of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky was one of the people who played a big part in the Russian Revolution, he has worked alongside some influential figures such as Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin. Trotsky was arrested and banished to Siberia multiple times for founding parties such as the South Russian Worker’s Union and Social Democratic Party (Oracle, n.d.). Later on, when Trotsky returned to Russia, he led the Red Army very successfully against the White Army. Trotsky was winning over the people of Russia, but was exiled again to Alma-Ata in October 1927 by Stalin because Stalin wanted the power (Oracle, n.d.). Over the next few years he moved from city to city and eventually settled in Mexico City where he was finally assassinated by Ramon Mercader, a Russian Agent, on August 20, 1940 (Bio True Story, n.d.).
Leon Trotsky = Snowball?
1. Trotsky believed in the benefit and fairness of the people of Russia.
2. Trotsky was exiled to Alma-Ata by Stalin because the people of Russia were supporting Trotsky.
a. Snowball believed in benefiting all the animals in the farm, everyone is fair, as according to the commandments.
b. Snowball was exiled by Napoleon because he was gaining the animal's support.
Leon Trotsky is a lot like Snowball in many ways. I have pointed out the 2 most important links between them. Firstly, Trotsky and Snowball both believed in the welfare of everyone they were leading. Leon Trotsky had, as mentioned above, founded many groups and parties, while Snowball had founded many “Animal Committees” like the Egg Production Committee and the Clean Tails League, that benefited everyone at the farm (P.20). Trotsky was beginning to gain support from the Russian people from his speeches, and Stalin saw that he was losing the fight. So Stalin summoned the KGB (Russian Secret Police) and banished Trotsky to Alma-Ata. Snowball was competing with Napoleon on how the farm was to be run. Snowball was winning the animals over with his speeches, but Napoleon saw he was losing. So Napoleon summoned his dogs and chased Snowball out of the farm forever (P.35).
George orwell's effect
The links between the two characters helped portray the ideas in the book, Orwell chose to relate the events throughout the story to the events in the Russian Revolution, to criticize the Russians. Orwell did not support the Soviets at all, he represented his opinions through this book to show his criticism. For Leon Trotsky, he wanted to show that Trotsky's beliefs were right, and that if Stalin had not banished him, Russia would've been better for everyone. It was interesting that Orwell chose the name Snowball to represent Trotsky. There is one reason that really stands out to me, is that snowballs are made out of snow. Trotsky had gained power but slowly degraded and eventually wiped out, Orwell had shown this by using the name Snowball, he's saying that the snowball melted, Trotsky's power slowly melting away.