This novel takes place at a farm, which its name is Manor Farm, whos owned by Mr. Jones. He a drunk that never really took care of his animals. There was a Boar that lived on the farm his name was Old Major. He is twelve years old, had lately grown rather stout, majestic- looking pig, tushes never been cut, and wise and benevolent appearance. He sets up a meeting to discuss an important matter that happened to him the night before. The discussion to place at night after Mr. Jones was asleep. In a barn is where all the animals had gather to listen to Old Major speech.
Three dogs, a cat, pigeons, hens, pigs, cows, sheeps, two horses named Clover, mother that never got her figure back after her fourth foal, the other named boxer, enormous beast, strong as two horses put together, white stripe down his nose, not very intelligent, respected for steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work, Muriel the goat, and Benjamin the donkey, the oldest animal on the farm and also the worst tempered. Topics of the meeting were that they do all the labor and get nothing back. Also says men are evil and that the animals should never adjust to their lifestyle.
That is live in a house, sleep in bed, were clothes, drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, touch money, or engage in trade. An animal must not kill another animal. Last one was all animal are equal. All the animals agreed. This was his dream and the men were vanished. There was a song that he had forgot in from when he was little, but the dream reminded him the song. He sang the song that is called Beast of England. Eventually everyone knew the song. Then they went to sleep. Three nights later Old Major pasted away. Its now early March and a lot of secret activity has been happening for the past three months.
They would have meetings after Mr. Jones was a sleep and ended the meeting with the song Beast of England. There were three pigs that elaborated Old Majors theory. They also called it Animalism. Out of the three pigs two of them were boars, first one named Napoleon, large, fierce- looking, and not much of a talker, but got everything his own way. The other boar was named Snowball, a vivacious pig, quicker in speech, and more inventive. Third one is a porker named Squealer, very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, shrill voice, and brilliant talker. In the past years Mr. Jones lost money in a lawsuit.
Afterwards he drank more, the field was full of weeds, and the animals were getting underfed. When June came they just started to forget feeding the animals. They got so hungry they went to the store-shed a broke the doors open. Mr. Jones and four men went there and started whipping the animals. Their reaction was different this time, and they ended chasing Mr. Jones and his men off of their property. Theyve been learning how to read and write and with the sign that said Manor Farm, they changed to Animal Farm. Napoleon took puppies from the mother because he was going to teach them how to read and write.
He took them and stuck them on the second floor, which you needed a ladder to get up there. Eventually everyone forgot about the puppies. They also wrote on a wall were the Seven Commandments, which are 1) Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2) Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. 3) No animal shall wear clothes. 4) No animal shall sleep in bed. 5) No animal shall drink alcohol. 6) No animal shall kill any other animal. 7) All animals are equal. They went to the hayfield, to collect food for the harvest. It was the biggest harvest ever. The pigs were the ones who directed the animals all of the work.
During the summer they all worked. Every Sunday they had a meeting and ended the meeting with the song Beast of England. By late summer the news of what happened to Animal farm has spread across half of the country. The pigeons went to neighboring farms to the story of the rebellion and to teach the song. Mr. Jones on the other hand spent his time sitting in the taproom of the Red Lion at Willingdon. There were two farms next two Animal Farm the first one was the Foxwood Farm. It was large, old fashioned, all the pasture warn out, and the hedges in a disgraceful condition.
Pilkington owned the Farm; he was an easygoing gentleman, fished and hunted depending on the season. Frederick owned Pinchfield Farm, tough, shrewd man, always involved in lawsuits, but his barn was smaller and better kept. Early October Mr. Jones and all his men plus a half a dozen more from the other farms they tried to get Mr. Jones farm back. They entered the gate. And walked straight forward, but the animals attacked and the men retreated. Only one sheep died. It was January and they couldnt do much. They just decided to make decisions for the up coming season.
Snowball wanted to make a windmill for electricity to do less work in the future. Napoleon was against it. One day during a meeting Napoleon and Snowball had a disagreement and dogs came barging in and chased Snowball out. Snowball slipped through a hole in the hedge and never seen again. The dogs were the puppies Napoleon taught. Napoleon ended the windmill plan and cancelled Sundays meeting. The animals started working like slaves and in August he announced that they would have to work Sunday afternoon to get things on the field complete. During one of the meetings he announced that they were going to do trade and build a windmill.
Everyone was confused, but Squealer explains to them the reasons and they agreed. Mr. Whymper, hes the one that did the trade for them. He looks like a sly-looking little man, with side-whiskers. The pigs moved into the farmhouse and were sleeping in beds. The animals were sure there was a resolution against that, but squealer explained again and they were convinced. Clover went to the end of the barn where the Seven Commandments were, but she couldnt read. She asked Muriel to read the Fourth Commandment and it said, No animal shall sleep in bed with sheets.
Squealer explained that also, he said that everyone sleeps in a bed, but sheet are made from humans thats why we dont use it. The pigs also said that they are gong to get up an hour later and no one complained. It was hard to continue during the winter. Napoleon stopped showing up at the meetings. Squealer started handing out the assignments for the week. The hens also had to lay eggs to sell them because they were short on food. In early spring they found out Snowball was in secretly frequenting the farm by night. Squealer announced saying that his been working with Mr. Jones since the beginning.
Though everything that happened wrong was always blamed on Snowball. The windmill is finally is complete, but the machinery still had to be installed. Napoleon sold to Frederick, he paid in a check. Mr. Whymper three days later found out that the check was false and told Napoleon. Fifteen men came that day and they all had guns. They started firing and the animals retreated. The men blew up the windmill. The animals got so angry that they started attacking not caring if the pellets hit them and they ended chasing the men away. Though a cow, three sheep, two geese died, and nearly everyone injured.
Napoleon made a speech of their victory that day. Boxer twelfth birthday is approaching. Late one night in the summer, Boxer had fallen dragging a load of stone down to the wind that they were rebuilding. For the two days that he rested he started thinking about retirement. Clover and Benjamin stayed by him during the night. They couldnt during the day because they had to work. During the midday Benjamin went screaming to the animals that Boxer was leaving. They al went to say goodbye. Benjamin read the side of the van and it said horse slaughter. They tired to stop it, but it was to late.
Squealer told them that it was a veterinary van, but they hadnt painted the old name out and everyone believed it. Years has passed and most of the animals past away. The windmill was used for milling corn. One day all the pigs come out walking on to feet. Clover, she was old, stout mare now, stiff in the joints, and tendency to rheumy eyes was shocked. So was Benjamin, he just got a little grayer. Then the pigs went back in the farmhouse. One the got close to see what was happening in the dinning room. There were pigs and Pilkington and Frederick was also there. Napoleon told them his story of how he gave less food to the animals.
He also mentioned that this farm is no longer called Animal Farm, it is called The Manor Farm. They had their toast, sat down, and continue the card game. The animals were wondering what they were talking about, but they left after the pigs and men sat down. Then a loud noise was herd and the animals ran back to see what happened. Napoleon and Pilkington had an ace of spade. The entire animals saw were men and pigs. Then even truly couldnt tell the difference. This story I enjoyed very much. It had a twist in the end I did not suspect. Totally threw me off. I think if you were a person who likes twists this would be a good book to read.