Animal Farm: How does the rebellion in the Manor Farm eventually take place?

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At the beginning of Chapter 2, Old Major has died in his sleep (early March). The animals continue to meet several nights a week to discuss Animalism and to prepare for an eventual rebellion, which they suppose will happen sometime during their lifetimes. The rebellion happens sooner than they think. In late June, the animals are growing restless because Farmer Jones has been drinking and neglecting them more than usual. Having been unfed for so long, the animals break into the store-shed to eat. Jones and his men try to stop the animals but are overwhelmed. The fight does not last long and the animals are stunned that the rebellion succeeds as spontaneously and as quickly as it does. The animals get rid of anything associated with man's domination of animals: reins, harnesses, etc. The rebellion becomes a historical fact when the animals change the name, Manor Farm, to Animal Farm. They also write the Seven Commandments of Animalism on the wall of the big barn.