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What are the different causes of the animals' rebellion in Animal Farm by George Orwell?

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In chapter 1, Old Major provides the reasons why the animals have to rebel against humans. He states that animals live short, miserable lives filled with drudgery. They are given just enough food to survive and are forced to work to their last days. He mentions that once they are not useful any longer, they are cruelly slaughtered. None of the animals in England are happy, for they are not given a moment's rest and are denied even the right to retire. He asserts that animals have no freedom and that their lives are epitomized by misery and slavery.

In brief, Old Major is stating that the animals are being exploited, abused, and oppressed. They are treated as mere objects.

Further in his speech, Old Major proclaims that the animals' harsh conditions are unnatural, for there is enough food and resources available for all to share equally. He states that all the animals can live in dignity and comfort. The animals have to consider why they have to endure such hardships. Practically all they...

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After not being fed for a full day, one of the horses knocked the door of the food shed in and the animals began feasting. Mr Jones saw and him and his men came out with whips and began lashing out at the animals. The animals then fought back.