The animals’ lives have changed for the worse. Describe their current condition at Animal Farm.  

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By the end of Animal Farm, the animals' lives have changed considerably and for the worse. It is important, however, to differentiate between the animals: the pigs, for instance, enjoy the best conditions on the farm. They live in the farmhouse, drink whiskey and do none of the hard work. Their conditions are best summed up by the single remaining Commandment: "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others."

But for the other animals on the farm, life is very hard. They receive very small rations of food, work very hard, especially in rebuilding the windmill, and are forced to take part in "Spontaneous Demonstrations" and processions which celebrate the so-called the triumphs of life on the farm since the animals took power.

In addition, the animals have witnessed the destruction of Boxer, one of the most-loved and well-respected animals on the farm, who was sold to a glue manufacturer in Chapter Nine.

Life, therefore, is far harder than it ever was under Mr Jones and the animals realise this in the closing lines:

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig…but already it was impossible to say which was which.