The Russian Revolution
Introduction and Task:
The novel Animal Farm is an allegory for the Russian Revolution. This means that the characters and events symbolize actual people and events in history. The task of this web quest is to research who and what happened so that you can understand the “story underneath the story,” so to speak.
Working independently, visit the websites throughout this web quest, and fill in the answers on your handout. Please write in complete sentences. You will be graded on finding the right answers and writing in complete sentences. Once you are finished writing out the background information answers, fill in the symbolism chart.
Part I: George Orwell
Use the following site to find information to answer questions about Animal Farm's author, George Orwell. Although we could spend an entire Web Quest on George Orwell, his life, and his writing, we are focusing on Russian history today. A brief overview is all we need.
If you want to know more, you can also visit:
Part II: Nicholas II
Use the following pages to find information about Tsar Nicholas II.
Part III: Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, and Communism
Visit the following sites to answer questions about these men.
History/Biography of Marx: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/karl_marx.htm?&0
A famous quote from Marx:
A succinct explanation of Communism: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-communism.htm
More Trotsky: http://www.marxist.net/trotsky/life/life.htm
Part IV: Joseph Stalin
Stalin….What a guy……
A pretty succinct page on Stalin:
Secret Police: http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/soviet.exhibit/secret.html
Part V: The Allegory
Visit the following sites for help on who and what represents who and what.
Name: Ryan- Murray
Mod: 12th English
The Russian Revolution and Animal Farm
19. Explain Stalinism and give an example.
20. Stalin used a secret police force to force support of him and to kill the disobedient. We, in recent
years, think of the KGB, but what four letter acronym were they called in his time?
Directions: From your research on the Russian Revolution. Identify who each character represents from the Russian Revolution. Then explain why the character represents the real person by using one specific example from the book. Use the example of Old Major to mirror your answers.
Symbolism and connection to the novel.
Old Major, the prized middle white board, represents Karl Marx claimed the father of communism. In the novel, Old Major describes a perfect, equal society in his inspirational speech to the animals; the same society Karl Marx envisioned in Communism.