Orwell based the “inquisition” and killing of the animals that “confessed” on the Show Trials of Stalin.
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The whole class.
To understand the historical context for this sections chapters.
In the 1930’s, Stalin’s political opponents were put on trial where they pleaded “guilty” to incredible tales of treason and were subsequently killed. In this section, Orwell uses these factual trials to illustrate the point of paranoia and tyranny. Napoleon puts the hens who rebelled against him (when he wants to take 400 eggs a week to sell), on “trial;” the hens “confess” to being co conspirators with Snowball, and are killed, even as the...
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