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Camila Izavelle D. Cuenca

Grade 10 – Commitment

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Childhood and School Life of Joseph
Stalin

     Joseph Stalin was born on December 18,
1879 in the Russian peasant village of Gori. He was the son of a simple
cobbler, Besarion Jughashvili, and a washerwoman, Ketevan Geladze. They named
their son Losif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, but later known as Joseph Stalin. At
age 7, he contracted smallpox, leaving his face scarred. A few years later he
was injured in a carriage accident which left arm slightly deformed (some
accounts state his arm trouble was a result of blood poisoning from the
injury). He became ugly and he felt that he was different from other people. He
became a frail child. He gets too emotional whenever other children would tease
him. Because of his appearance, other children treated him cruelly and
differently. Children would throw bad jokes on him and call him funny names
that would insult Stalin. As a young child he is, he would fight back and try
to deny the fact that his appearance was like that. This caused Stalin’s
inferiority. Even though people treated him badly, a bit of kindness and pity
for the people sparked through Stalin’s heart. He began a quest for greatness
and respect. He tried to be the “bigger person” so that people would realize
that they did him wrong. He gave too many chance for the people, yet nothing
changed. After some time, he realized that he could no longer take all the
disrespectfulness from people. He was fed up and thought of changing his own
mindset. He then developed a cruel streak for those who crossed him. He didn’t
care anymore what other people would feel. He would hurt and not a bit of mercy
would pass his mind. His dad wasn’t really involved in making decisions for his
life, but he supported all the way, like most fathers would do. He prioritized
Stalin’s wants and needs even though living a simple life. He didn’t suspect or
know about his son having an inferiority and developing a dangerous mindset for
child. No one in his family knew about what was really going on Stalin’s life.
He managed to keep it as a secret that even though things are way far from his
own plans, he would still go for it just to avoid any misunderstandings and revealing
his kept ideas.

     Stalin’s mother was devout Russian Orthodox
Christian. She wanted Stalin to become a priest, which was a very ironic thing
for him since he already had a cruel mindset because of his inferiority. He
didn’t refuse and try to battle his way out of church school. Instead, he did
well that he gained himself a scholarship to Tiflis Theological Seminary in
1894. Over through the years, Stalin still had his evil quest because for some
reason he couldn’t let go of the anger that was going through his heart and
mind. Contemplating and very burdened after a long period of time, Stalin then
stayed with his decision of being cruel. Even though Stalin was in church
school, he had interest for government and independence. After a while, Stalin
met Messame Dassy, a secret organization that supported Georgian independence
from Russia. Some of the members were socialists who introduced him to the
writings of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. Joseph joined the group in 1898.

       Stalin excelled a lot in seminary
school, but still left in 1899. Accounts differ as to the reason; official
school records state he was unable to pay the tuition and withdrew. It’s also
speculated he was asked to leave due to his political views challenging the
tsarist regime of Nicholas II. He left school, but didn’t return home. He stayed
in Tiflis and devoted his time to revolutionary movement. For the meantime, he
became a tutor and a clerk at the Tiflis Observatory. He taught children basic
lessons and earned enough to keep him alive, while trying to let things fall
into his plan. Time passed, in 1901, he finally joined the Social Democratic
Labor Party and worked full-time for the revolutionary movement. He was happy
that he was in a place that he would call “home” because he was finally doing
something he likes and is passionate about despite the cruel mindset. A year
later, he was arrested for coordinating a labor strike and exiled to Siberia,
the first of his many arrests and exiles in the fledgling years of the Russian
Revolution. It was during this time that Joseph adopted the name
“Stalin,” meaning steel in Russian. Cruel events started to happen
even though he was in prison. Stalin was being dominant and superior in his
group. He has instilled his past experiences that caused his inferiority
already that he really became cruel and terrifying to everyone in his way.
Being a natural, he excelled in this field. Joseph Stalin excelled in the
mundane operations of the revolution, calling meetings, publishing leaflets and
organizing strikes and demonstrations. After escaping from exile, he was marked
by the Okhranka, (the tsar’s secret police) as an outlaw and continued his work
in hiding, raising money through robberies, kidnappings and extortion. Stalin
gained infamy being associated with the 1907 Tiflis bank robbery, which
resulted in several deaths and 250,000 rubles stolen (approximately $3.4
million in U.S. dollars). In February 1917, the Russian Revolution began. By
March, the tsar had abdicated the throne and was placed under house arrest. No
one can really stop him that even though he was in prison already, he still
managed to rise to power. In April 1917, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin
denounced the provisional government, arguing that the people should rise and
take control by seizing land from the rich and factories from the industrialists.
By October, the revolution was complete, and the Bolsheviks were in control.

 

Joseph Stalin was terrifying.
The man was a ruthless, unrelenting dictator who killed millions of his own
people without a second thought, and his mark on history has been indelible. He
had issues. He never stopped seeking for “revenge” that consumed him to be
cruel to everyone. He became completely blind to where to end and be contented
with his own “justice”. He said it himself: One death is a tragedy, one million
is a statistic, and Stalin sure left one. Throughout his reign (of terror), the
dictator was responsible for the death of 20 million citizens, and 20 million
soldiers and civilians who died in WWII.  He is the definition of hell, people would
say. He did the cruelest and most torture to people that might had nothing to
do with Stalin. Stalin is an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a
murderous dictator (wrapped in a mustache).

 

Sources:

http://www.history.co.uk/shows/wwii-secret-army/articles/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-joseph-stalin

https://www.google.com.ph/amp/s/www.biography.com/.amp/people/joseph-stalin-9491723