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How is Mr. Jones portrayed in the first chapter of "Animal Farm"?

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lashay23 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2009 at 4:25 AM via web

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How is Mr. Jones portrayed in the first chapter of "Animal Farm"?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 23, 2009 at 7:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Mr Jones, as a human, in "Animal Farm" is portrayed by Old Major as typical, the root problem of their troubles.  According to the old boar, humans only consume, stealing from them all;  it is the animals who produce but the humans feed them little. Mr. Jones is also cruel in other ways; Old Major predicts that once the old horse, Boxer, the hardest worker on the farm, is no longer productive, Mr. Jones will get rid of him. The meeting of the animals who plan revolt breaks up when the drunken Mr. Jones hears them singing the song "Beasts of England" that Old Major remembers from his youth and he fires off his shotgun.  

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cockadoo69 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 26, 2011 at 7:54 AM (Answer #2)

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Hey I got an idea read the damn short story and stop being lazy.....

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sumer-t | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM (Answer #3)

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During the incipient stages of the book, Jones first came in inebriated and kind of depressed. It seemed as if he lost somehing and drank in order to resolve his problems. He seemed nefarious, almost like a dictator. He also did not treat his animals to well and only cared about how much money they made for the farm. 

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