Compare the life before the revolution and after the revolution in Animal Farm.

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Things were supposed to get better for the animals of Manor Farm once they got rid of their human owner, but it didn't really work out that way. The animals did eliminate the human domination over their lives, but that was about the only positive change. The animals worked harder...

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Things were supposed to get better for the animals of Manor Farm once they got rid of their human owner, but it didn't really work out that way. The animals did eliminate the human domination over their lives, but that was about the only positive change. The animals worked harder and longer hours, and the daily food supply grew smaller and smaller. The pigs basically took the place of Mr. Jones, living in his house, enjoying its comforts, and drinking his liquor. The pigs also ate the best food available and did little or no work. Animals were eventually killed by order of the pigs--a far worse fate than the occasional mistreatment by their former human master.

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Animal Farm is an allegory about the abuses of power. The animals who lived and labored on the farm when it was owned by the human farmer Jones had no say in what how they lived or died, and no opportunity to learn about a different way of life. Because Jones exploited and did not educate them, the animals also were denied knowledge of the tools necessary to govern themselves after they gained independence. After the revolution, the animals gained the important quality of self-determination. However, their inexperience rendered them susceptible to manipulation by those who prized power. The animals as a group are shown to benefit from self-determination, but individual animals are portrayed as differing widely in their ability to maximize those benefits.

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