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How does the rebellion take place in Animal Farm?

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Following Old Major’s death and a few months of preparations for the rebellion, the time actually comes a lot sooner than any of the animals had expected. As Mr. Jones’s drinking problem became worse and worse, he starts forgetting to feed the animals. The animals break into the shed to help themselves to food. When Mr. Jones realizes what has happened, he goes into a frenzy. He and his men arm themselves with whips, intending to hurt the animals.

In retaliation, the animals attack, ultimately forcing Jones and his men to flee the farm. After the men and Mrs. Jones are off the property, celebrations begin. The first job undertaken is to destroy everything that Jones had ever used to oppress them, from whips, bridles and reins to halters and decorative ribbons.

One of the decisions made in the immediate aftermath of the rebellion is that the farmhouse will be a museum, rather than a place for any of the animals to live. Showcasing their new literacy skills, the pigs rewrite the...

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The novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, depicts a rebellion by farm animals for their freedom from human tyranny. The rebellion is composed of three distinct stages: the secret meeting at the barn, the ostracization of farmer Jones, and the battle of the barn. Through each of these stages, the rebellion develops, and "officially" ends when Napolean says that the rebellion is over.

The meeting at the barn in the midst of night is the first step of the rebellion. The animals exchange thoughts and first  congregate. Officially, the rebellion begins when Old Major initiates it by sowing the seeds of freedom with his speech about his dream and unifying them through the song, "The Beasts of England."

A rebellion is not a true rebellion without an action to overthrow an old idea or person. In the case of Animal Farm, the first "shot" is heard when the farm animals revolt because of farmer Jone's malnourishment and disinterest. The animals, bite, kick, peck, and otherwise tackle farmer Jones, and take the farm to themselves.

In the last stage of the rebellion, Jones attempts to exact his revenge and retake his farm. Jones brings guns and men, but fails to take the farm. After the animal's victory over Jones, the rebellion of Jones farm succeeds and the reknowned farm is hitherto known as "Animal Farm."