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Summarization of animal farm chapters 1-10

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CHAPTER 1 In the opening chapter of the book, Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is shown as a careless, irresponsible farm owner who cares more for a glass of beer than for his animals and the farm. He is often drunk, and his resulting carelessness causes the farm animals to protest and rebel against him. A 12-year-old middle white boar 'Old Major', who lately grown stout and majestic looking pig with a wise benevolent appearance had called a meeting in the barn about a dream he had the previous night. First arrived the dogs; Bluebell, Jessie and Pitcher and then the pigs came in with the hens and pigeons that flew on top. Soon the sheep's, cows and the carthorses Boxer and Clover had came into the barn. Then came Muriel the white goat and Benjamin the donkey, who was the oldest animal on the farm. Ducklings came in with Mollie the foolish, pretty white mare. Only one left was Moses the tame raven. Old Major started his speech on how the animals were treated and were being used. He said, 'the farm was in a terrible condition and there is not much money for a good lifestyles. In addition the farm only has 12 horses, 20 cows and 100's of sheep. The problem was that man exists. Man consumes without producing. Old Major talked about what happened to the babies of the animals. There was a message in all of this 'whatever goes on two legs is an enemy, but whatever is upon four legs or has wings is a friend. Animals should not resemble man. No animal must ever live in a house, sleep in a bed, wear clothes, drink alcohol, smoke tobacco or touch money or engage in trade. All animals are equal and no animal should kill another animal. Old Major was now talking about his dream it was about his childhood and a song his mother had sang to him. ...read more.


Although Snowball agrees there are difficulties with it, he believes they could all be overcome within a year. Napoleon, on the other hand, tries to divert attention from the windmill question, by stressing the need for food production. He warns that if they waste time on the windmill, everyone may starve. The animals listen to both leaders and find themselves in agreement with the one who is speaking at the moment. Snowball wants the issue of the Windmill to be put to a vote, and Napoleon calls the idea nonsense. Snowball, with his usual expression, is about to sway the vote in his favour when Napoleon calls his nine enormous dogs into the barn. They attack Snowball and chase him out, never to be seen again. Napoleon mounts the platform and announces that the Sunday meetings will come to an end, except for the saluting of the flag and the singing of "Beasts of England." He also explains that a special committee will be formed to convey decisions to the masses. From this point forward in the book, Napoleon becomes the undisputed leader of the animals. Every Sunday morning, he gives his orders, and the masses file past the 'Skill of Major' respectfully. On the third Sunday following Snowball's expulsion, the animals are amazed to hear Napoleon's announcement of his plan to build a Windmill. At the news, Squealer, who is Napoleon's loyal propagandist, calms the masses with his persuasive talks, and the three dogs who happen to be with him silence every question with their menacing growls. CHAPTER 6 This chapter shows how Napoleon rules the farm. At first the animals are happy, thinking that they are doing everything for their own good. They work hard, putting in sixty-hour weeks throughout the spring and summer. In August Napoleon announces that there must be voluntary work on Sunday afternoons, and the absent ones will receive half rations. ...read more.


When Squealer later announces Boxer's death in a sad tone, he rationalizes why he was taken in the Knacker's van and promises that he died in comfort and dignity. Napoleon sincerely pays homage to Boxer and asks others to follow his work ethics. The chapter ends with the arrival of a wooden crate at the farmhouse. CHAPTER 10 Years have passed. No one remembers the old days before the rebellion except Clover, Benjamin, Moses, and a number of pigs. Napoleon has become totally humanlike in his behaviour. He and his ruling class of pigs now walk upright on their hand legs, dress in clothing, carry whips, read newspapers and magazines, and talk on the telephone. All of the original Commandments have been forgotten; only one remains that states that all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others, meaning the pigs. The common animals say nothing; they have given up the habit of criticizing, complaining, or protesting long ago. The farm is now better organized, more prosperous, and enlarged. The windmill, though not used for electricity, has brought in a profit. The common animals, however, do not share in the prosperity. They live a life of difficulty and deprivation. They are hungry, sleep on straw, labour long hours, and are troubled by cold in winter and flies in summer. But they are still convinced that they are "free" since animals rather than humans run the farm. Because of the constant party line, they do not realize that their plight is the same under Napoleon that it was under Farmer Jones. Only Benjamin realizes that "nothing has changed for better or worse." One day, while weeding turnips, the animals hear singing. Napoleon is in the farmhouse celebrating with human beings. He then announces that he has made peace with his human neighbours. Although still called Animal Farm, it is really Manor Farm all over again. The animal tyranny has collapsed into human corruption, and at the end of the novel, pig and man is identical. The circle is complete. Vimalraj Arumugam 9P 10/05/2007 Page 1 of 9 ...read more.

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