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

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The animals gather at night to talk and dream of a rebellion against Farmer Jones, but when the revolt comes, it is unplanned. It is a response to the straw that broke the camel's back, meaning that the animals finally get fed up and rebel. 

The background is as follows. Farmer Jones develops a drinking problem after losing a lawsuit. Both he and his men neglect the farm and the animals. One Midsummer's Eve, Farmer Jones goes and gets drunk at the Red Lion. Instead of caring for the animals, he comes home and falls asleep. The animals go so long without being fed and get so hungry that they break into the grain stores. At this moment, Farmer Jones wakes up. He and his men go after the animals, trying to drive them away from the grain with whips. Finally, the animals simply can't take the abuse anymore.

This was more than the hungry animals could...

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