What impression does George Orwell give of Mr. Jones and his wife in Animal Farm?

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Orwell doesn't give us a very flattering portrayal of Mr. Jones and his wife. But then that's entirely in keeping with the rest of the novel. Although Orwell wants to use the pigs' takeover of the farm as an allegory on the dangers of Communism, he still wants to show us that there was a good reason why some kind of change was necessary.

Farmer Jones and his wife are allegorical characters, representing the weak and ineffectual Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandria who ruled Russia until the Revolution and were subsequently shot by the Bolsheviks. Manor Farm, like Tsarist Russia, is in a state of neglect, left to rot by an out of touch ruling class. Mr. Jones is a hopeless alcoholic who's let the farm go to wrack and ruin while he spends most of the day getting drunk in the local pub. It's not surprising, then, that the animals rise up and drive him and his wife from the farm. He tries to make a comeback, but all to no avail. His unhappy reign is over. Yet in his drunkenness, indolence and contempt for the welfare of the animals, his legacy will live on in the figure of Napoleon.

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In Animal FarmGeorge Orwell spends little time describing Mr. and Mrs. Jones of Manor Farm, but the description we do get portrays them as lazy, no-good folks. Mr. Jones is a drunk, and he expects the animals to do all the work on the farm. The animals are fed just enough to get by, depicting the Jones' couple as stingy with little compassion for their animals. The animals think of their human owners as slave drivers, who only think of themselves.

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself" (Orwell 29).

So when the animals finally rebel, they are easily able to chase the cowardly Jones' off the farm. Mr. Jones tries to put up a fight, but he is quickly overtaken by the animals, and Mrs. Jones hears all the commotion, sees what is happening and quickly packs a bag. She goes in another direction and is able to safely leave the farm. Lazy, slave-driving cowards are words that best describe Mr. and Mrs. Jones. 

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