What is the overall summary of Animal Farm? i know theres a link on enotes but that gives me chap by chapter summeries i need one or the whole boo Pretty Please

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The story is very intricate.  It involves a farm, Manor farm, where the animals dream of a better life.  They decide to revolt one day and take over the farm, renaming it Animal Farm.  At first all the animals are excited and happy to have run Farmer Jones off the farm.  There are two main characters, Snowball and Napoleon who end up struggling for power.

At first Napoleon goes along with Snowball's ideas, when the humans try to take the farm back, at the Battle of Cowshed, Snowball is a hero.  He begins to be very popular with the other animals.  Napoleon takes note of this and soon Snowball is driven off the farm. 

Napoleon makes the animals work very hard, with little rest and little good food.  They begin to realize that their lives are worse then when the farmer was in charge.  After Snowball makes a suggestion to built a windmill to help ease the work load on the farm, Napoleon decides to get rid of him.

Snowball is run off the farm, Napoleon lies to the other animals, saying the Snowball was a traitor, working with humans.  All of this is an effort to control the other animals, while Napoleon is the one who is working with the humans to make his life easier. 

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nerd13otrt | Student

I'm sorry, I put the wrong source for my answer. It's actually this:


nerd13otrt | Student

Hi there! Here's a summary which I found, it's a bit long, but i really hope this helps!

--Nerd13 OTRT(of the round table) :) :D ;P

One night the prize boar, Old Major, tells all the other farm animals he has realized that the misery of their daily lives is all due to the tyranny of human beings, and that if they work to overthrow the humans their lives will become easy and comfortable.

After Old Major dies, the pigs (led by the two boars Snowball and Napoleon) start teaching his ideas (which they develop into a system of thought called Animalism) to the other animals. A few months later, Mr. Jones gets drunk and forgets to feed the animals, who become so hungry that they rebel and drive the human beings off the farm. They rename the farm 'Animal Farm' and write the Seven Commandments of Animalism up on the wall of the barn. Jones comes back with a group of armed men and tries to recapture the farm, but the animals, led by Snowball, defeat the men.

Snowball and Napoleon argue constantly over plans for the future of the farm, never able to agree - especially over a windmill which Snowball wants to build to provide the farm with electric power, and which Napoleon ridicules. Napoleon calls in nine dogs whom he has specially trained and they chase Snowball off the farm. Squealer, the very persuasive pig who relays most of Napoleon's decisions to the other animals, tells them that Snowball was a traitor in league with Jones, and that the windmill was really Napoleon's idea anyway and will go ahead.

The animals work hard - work on the windmill is slow and they rely heavily on Boxer the cart-horse, who is very strong and hard-working. Napoleon begins trading with nearby farms, and the pigs move into the farmhouse and sleep in the beds there - even though sleeping in beds like humans was forbidden by the original principles of Animalism.

The winter is difficult - the animals have little food. Napoleon and Squealer blame Snowball for everything that goes wrong on the farm, from bad crops to blocked drains. Then Napoleon's dogs attack four pigs, who then confess to plotting with Snowball and start a series of confessions of various 'crimes' from other animals - all of those who confess are slaughtered by the dogs, leaving the survivors shaken and miserable.

The windmill is finally completed and to get money to buy the machinery for it, Napoleon decides to sell a pile of timber - after wavering between the two neighboring farmers Pilkington and Frederick, he sells it to Frederick only to discover that he has been paid with worthless forged banknotes. Frederick and his men then come on to the farm and blow the windmill to pieces with explosives, although the animals manage to drive them off the farm again after a bloody battle. A few days later the pigs find a case of whisky in the farmhouse cellar and get drunk.

Boxer is injured while working on repairs to the windmill, and Benjamin notices that the van Napoleon calls to send him to the vet, has 'Horse Slaughterer' painted on the side. After Boxer has 'died in hospital' under care of the vet, the pigs mysteriously find money to buy another case of whiskey.

After many years, life is just as hard as it ever was. The pigs start walking on two legs. None of the old Commandments are left on the barn wall. A group of human farmers come to see the farm, they quarrel with the pigs over a game of cards - and the animals discover they can no longer tell which is human and which is pig.