What problems does Mr. Jones have in Animal Farm?

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Mr. Jones's main problem throughout the novella concerns the fact that his animals have driven him from his farm, and he has no means of financially providing for himself once he is expelled. At the beginning of the novella, Orwell writes that Mr. Jones had recently fallen on "evil days" and had lost a significant amount money in a lawsuit. Mr. Jones becomes depressed as a result of the lawsuit, which leads to his excessive drinking. Mr. Jones's excessive consumption of alcohol becomes a problem, and he forgets to feed the animals on his farm. As a result of not being fed, the animals begin to meet secretly in the barn and plot against Mr. Jones when he goes to bed. Orwell also writes that the men who work for Mr. Jones are idle and dishonest, which contributes to his negative outlook on life. While Mr. Jones's farm is in disarray, he goes to the Red Lion and gets extremely drunk. The animals, who haven't been fed for three days, end up rebelling against Mr. Jones and drive him out of his farm. Once Mr. Jones is driven from his farm, he is unable to get it back and completely loses his property to his animals.

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Mr. Jones' excessive drinking causes many of the problems that occur on Manor Farm. Even the animals agreed that he was once a capable farmer, but a lost lawsuit had been the stimulus for him to drink all the more. Jones would lay about the house while his paid workers were idle and dishonest. Weeds took over the fields, hedges went untrimmed, buildings needed repair and, most importantly, the animals were underfed. Meanwhile, Old Major, Mr. Jones' prize Middle White boar, has a dream which he shares with the rest of the animals. In his dream, man has vanished and animals rule the world. Old Major suggests that the animals take over the farm and rule it in a way that Mr. Jones has failed to do.

One Midsummer's Eve, Jones went into town to get drunk and did not return till the next day. Although the cows were milked, the animals again went unfed. So, the animals broke down their stalls and helped themselves to their feed bins. When Jones and his men whipped the animals for this, the revolt of the animals began.

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