Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered
In “Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered,” this informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history, detailing the purges and other such tragedies of his bloody regime.
When and How to Pair: Introduce this text before students begin the novel, in order to provide historical context on the events and circumstances that prompted Orwell to write his allegory. Pair “Animal Farm” and “Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered,” and explain to students that Animal Farm is an allegory for Stalin’s reign. Ask students to analyze Orwell’s use of allegory and satire in his representation of Stalin through the character Napoleon.