How does Napoloen overwork the animals in Animal Farm?

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When the animals listen to Old Major's dream, he describes a communal experience where all animals on the farm do an equal amount of work and get plenty of rest.  However, when Animal Farm becomes a reality this is not the case.  At first the animals work together for the most part, but the pigs still serve as overseers and not laborers.  From the beginning, the pigs take the best of everything for themselves.  They take the apples and milk, then live in the house, then drink alcohol.  The animals work more and more, and rest less and less.  The paddock that was supposed to be set aside for their retirement is sewn with crops so the pigs can have alcohol.  The animals work harder and harder to build, and then rebuild, the windmill.  Between the crops and the windmill, Napoleon keeps the animals working all the time.  When Boxed becomes to old and sick to work, they sell him for the meat.