In Animal Farm by George Orwell, describe the "Battle of Cowshed" and explain what happened.     


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You can find this described in Chapter 4.

The people come on to the farm to try to drive the animals off.

The animals start off with small attacks.  First pigeons and geese, then sheep and Benjamin the donkey.  Then Snowball gives an order and they all retreat.

At that, the men think they are winning and they charge.  When the men are well inside the yard, the big animals -- horses, cows and pigs -- come out of ambush and surround and attack them.  Snowball, for example, attacks Jones and (even though he gets shot a bit) butts Jones into a dungheap.

The men get kicked and bitten and such until the see a way out and run away.

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In Animal Farm, George Orwell, reveals the weaknesses of man and how the abuse of power has devastating results. He also shows how history repeats itself and how man, depicted in Animal Farm as simple animals, makes the same mistakes repeatedly. The farm animals have long been abused by Jones and other farmers and have eventually been able to take control of what was Manor Farm. This  marks the turning point in the animals' attempt to retake control of their lives and ensure a promising future for everyone in an equal society. The animals, under the guidance of the more intelligent pigs, are motivated to work hard but, from the beginning, there are disputes and disagreements about the definition of being "equal," as it seems that, unfortunately, some, "are more equal than others." 

Jones does attempt to retake the farm but Snowball's strategies, which include letting Jones believe he has usurped the animals, and Boxer's sheer strength, ensure that the animals remain in control and Jones and his men hastily withdraw, despite their superior fire-power, amidst biting, pushing and kicking. This event is known as The Battle of The Cowshed and both Snowball and Boxer are heralded as heroes, even being rewarded for their valiant efforts. It is a significant event as Napoleon, who prefers brute force to reasoned debate, does not want to share power with the well-organized Snowball. He will later use Snowball's apparent heroic deeds to suggest that, in fact, he is a traitor, confusing the easily-led animals until the farm, actually, returns to its former name of Manor Farm and there is little difference between the men and the pigs, as "already it was impossible to say which was which."


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