Animal Farm Chapter Summaries
-Old Major had a strange dream and wants to share it with the other animals.
-He gave a speech on Animalism and encouraged the animals to stage a rebellion against humans.
- The seven commandments were mentioned in Old Major’s speech.
- Old Major remembered a song in his dream, called the “Beasts of England”.
- He related his dream about a world without mankind, with only animals.
- The idea of Animalism was introduced and all the animals were supportive of the rebellion. The uproar woke up Mr. Jones.
- Old Major died in his sleep.
- The animals started preparing for the rebellion although they had no idea when it would happen.
- The pigs, Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer elaborated Old Major’s teachings into a complete system of thought and often held meetings in the farm with other animals.
- One day, Mr. Jones left the animals unfed, thus they broke into the cowshed.
- Mr. Jones and his men whipped the animals and they could not stand it anymore. The rebellion started and the men flee. The animals won at last.
- They burned all the things belonging to humans.
- The Seven commandments were painted on the tarred wall.
- Napoleon and Squealer took the milk for themselves.
- The animals harvested the hay with the supervision of the pigs.
- The animals were happy because the harvest belonged to them, not the men.
- Meetings were held on Sundays.
- Apples and Milk were given to the pigs.
- The nine puppies were born and Napoleon took them away.
- Animal committees were formed, like the “Egg production committee”.
-News of the rebellion spread around
-Mr Jones was drinking beer all day long and resenting about his “good-for-nothing” animals.
-Mr Jones launched an attack, trying to retake Animal Farm.
-Snowball led counter attack and defended Animal Farm. The animals won with some casualties
-The battle is named “Battle of the Cowshed.”
-Mollie was seen accepting ribbons and sugars from one of the men on the neighbouring farm.
-Snowball was proposing plans and told the animals about his windmill plan one meeting.
-Napoleon disagrees and let out a high-pitched whimper. Nine dogs appeared and chased Snowball out of the farm.
-Snowball was never seen again
-Napoleon became the new leader of the farm
-The windmill project was continued
-Supplies went low
-Trading with humans was announced by Napoleon
-The pigs relaxed in the farmhouse and violated the seven commandments.
-The windmill was broken down by a midnight storm. Napoleon blames Snowball for the ruin of the windmill
-Repair of the windmill commenced.
- Animals struggle against starvation
- Napoleon uses Mr Whymper to spread news of Animal Farm's sufficiency to the human world
- Napoleon begins to shelter himself from public scrutiny and makes Squealer and the dogs do his dirty work
- Napoleon increases the amount of propaganda on Animal Farm to distract the animals from their hardships and frustrations
- Squealer cultivates the idea that Snowball is lurking on the perimeter of Animal Farm and plotting mischief against the animals
- Napoleon also makes a personal and very public show of claiming to smell Snowball’s scent all around the farm
- Napoleon creates a fear for the animals, telling them that Snowball is still here and out to harm the Animal Farm
- The animals were thoroughly frightened, as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence, menacing them with all kinds of dangers
- Napoleon calls a meeting, during which he forces confessions from many animals and murdered them
- Animals were terrified by the bloody sight and what they have witnessed
- Napoleon forbade them to sing ‘Beast of England’
- The following year brings more work on the windmill and less food for the workers
- Napoleon is seen less in public as he grew more powerful
- More executions occur while Napoleon schemes to sell a pile of timber to Frederick
- Napoleon sells the pile of timber to Frederick (who tries to pay with a check) after the completion of the windmill
- But Napoleon demanded cash
- Whymper then learns that Frederick's banknotes are forgeries, and Napoleon pronounces the death sentence on the traitorous human
- Frederick and 14 men arrive at Animal Farm and attempt to take it by force
- Humans are initially successful, after they blow up the windmill, the animals are completely enraged and drive the men from the farm
- The windmill the animals built were destroyed
- Squealer explains to the bleeding animals that, despite what they may think, they were actually victorious
- Squealer named the battle “The Battle of the Windmill”
- Later, pigs discovered whisky in Mr Jone’s cellar
- Napoleon fears he is dying and decrees that the drinking of alcohol is punishable by death after drinking too much of it
- Muriel then reread the Seven Commandments and noticing, for the first time, that the Fifth Commandment now reads, "No animal shall drink alcohol to excess"
- After celebrating their so-called victory against Frederick, the animals begin building a new windmill
- Animals were led by Boxer, who insisted on working harder and getting the windmill started before he retires
- Food supplies continue to diminish, but Squealer explains that they actually have more food and better lives than they have ever known
- More and more of the animals' rations are reduced while the pigs continue to grow fatter
- Animal Farm is eventually proclaimed a Republic, and Napoleon is elected President.
- Boxer works as hard as he can at building the windmill until the day he collapses because of a lung ailment
- Squealer informs the animals that Napoleon has sent for the veterinarian at Willingdon to treat Boxer
- When the van arrives to take Boxer to the hospital, however, Benjamin reads its side and learns that Boxer is actually being taken to a knacker
- Clover screams to Boxer to escape, but the old horse is too weak to kick his way out of the van, which drives away
- Boxer is never seen again
- To placate the animals, Squealer tells them that Boxer was not taken to a knacker but that the veterinarian had bought the knacker's truck and had not yet repainted the words on its side
- Animals were relieved when they heard that
- A grocer's van delivered a crate of whisky to the pigs, who drink it all and do not arise until after noon the following day
- Years passed, and Animal Farm undergoes its final changes
- Muriel, Bluebell, Jessie, and Pitcher are all dead, and Jones dies in an inebriates' home
- There are more animals on the farm, and the farm's boundaries have increased, thanks to the purchase of two of Pilkington's fields
- The second windmill has been completed and is used for milling corn
- All the animals continue their lives of hard work and little food except the pigs
- Clover saw Squealer walking on his hind legs while the other pigs followed
- Napoleon also emerges from the farmhouse carrying a whip in his trotter
- The sheep begin to bleat a new version of their previous slogan: "Four legs good, two legs better!"
- Clover also notices that the wall on which the Seven Commandments were written has been repainted
- “All animals are equal” was changed to “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”
- Eventually, all the pigs begin carrying whips and wearing Jones' clothes
- A deputation of neighboring farmers are given a tour of the farm, after which they meet in the dining-room of the farmhouse with Napoleon and the other pigs
- Mr. Pilkington makes a toast to Animal Farm and its efficiency and Napoleon then offers a speech in which he outlines his new policies
- The word "comrade" will be suppressed, there will be no more Sunday meetings, the skull of old Major has been buried, and the farm flag will be changed to a simple field of green
- Animal Farm will again be called Manor Farm
- After Napoleon's speech, the men and pigs begin playing cards, but a loud quarrel erupts when both Napoleon and Pilkington each try to play the ace of spades
- Clover and the other animals watch the arguments through the dining-room window; they are unable to discriminate between the humans and the pigs