Describe the corruption the occurs in Animal Farm.

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In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the animals who work on Manor Farm want to achieve better and more equitable treatment than they had received under the management of the farm’s original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jones. As a result, they rebel and take over the farm. Before he dies, Old Major tells them:

Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever…

Man sets them [the animals] to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin.

The thought of being able to govern themselves inspires the animals to revolt. Following the rebellion, animals on the farm, which is now known as Animal Farm, continue to work hard:

However, back on Animal Farm, ALL that year the animals worked like slaves. But they were happy in their work; they grudged no effort or sacrifice, well aware...

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