Napoleon was the leader of the Manor Farm, which was named Animal Farm after the revolution occurred. During the Russian Revolution, Stalin claimed to be committed to creating an equal society for all. Because it is cast as an animal fable it gives the reader/viewer, some distance from the specific political events. The novel Animal Farm by George Orwell was well known for portraying the events and people from the Russian Revolution. The powerful Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was portrayed by the pig named Napoleon. Through the illustration of the cunning and brute force Napoleon used to gain and maintain power on Animal Farm, Orwell critiques the violence of the Stalinist regime against the citizens it ruled.
However, Orwell saw him in a very different light. In the Novel Animal Farm, Joseph Stalin was portrayed through the character Napoleon, a pig who emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after Mr Jones is overthrown.

Joseph Stalin was born in 1879 in Gori, Georgia. Until now, Stalin is one of the most notorious totalitarian leaders of all time. In the novel Animal Farm, the character Napoleon is portrayed by autocratic Soviet political leader, Joseph Stalin. One of Orwell's goals in writing Animal Farm was to portray the Russian (or Bolshevik) Revolution of 1917 as one that resulted in a government more oppressive, totalitarian, and deadly than the one it overthrew. Animal Farm: Allegory of Stalinism Most directly one would say that Animal Farm is an allegory of Stalinism, growing out from the Russian Revolution in 1917.