How does the novel Animal Farm represent a "complete return?"

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I assume that "complete return" means that from the beginning, when the animals (led by Old Major) become aware of their human oppression and seek to overthrow it.  They are successful, and the animals adopt their "seven commandments," the most arguably important are the first, "Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy" and the last, "All animals are equal."

As the novel progressess, all seven of the commandments are chipped away until even the last one has been amended to "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."  The final blow that signals the return to oppressive living comes when, through the window, the "lesser" animals observe the pigs through the farmhouse windows and they can no longer tell the difference between these oppressors and their former human ones. 

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