Frederick vs. The Fuhrer
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Background

Frederick
  • Mr. Frederick owns Pinchfield, one of the neighboring farms to Animal Farm. From the start, he is described as “a tough, shrewd man, perpetually involved in lawsuits and with a name for driving hard bargains" (Orwell, 1945)
  • Frederick becomes an enemy, a friend, and then an enemy again to Napoleon and Animal Farm.

Adolfus Hitler
  • Self-achieved dictator and creator of fascist Nazi Germany and the Third Reich.
  • Merciless, perceptive, military genius
  • Manipulated allies, preyed on the weaknesses of enemies

"Death to Frederick! Death to Pilkington!"


Parallels
  • Fredericksstarved his cows
  • Frederickkilled a dog by throwing it into the furnace
  • Frederickamused himself by making cocks fight with splinters of razor blades attached to their spurs
  • Harsh treatment of conquered citizens, forced men to serve in his army
  • Unfair timber trade between Frederick and Napolean
  • During World War II, countries were desperate for resources. They often traded with enemies, which were usually lopsided unfair trades
  • Timber trade
  • Hitler and Stalin's brief Nonaggression Pact

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