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I believe the rebellion started with the speech from Old Major who encouraged the animals to look at how they were being treated and realize there was a better way where all animals could be equal.

When Old Major died, he then became a hero of sorts, and his message became legend among the animals who only talked about it until the night that Farmer Jones and his men forgot to feed them for a long period of time.

Combined with the other mistreatment, the starvation finally got the animals mad enough to kick in the feed stall so they could eat. When Farmer Jones tried to get them back under control, they had already gotten a taste of freedom and they wanted to keep it so they fought back.

After that, the pigs took over and Snowball studied the battle plans of Cesar so he would know how to fend off further attacks. It worked, as the animals were able to turn back the humans at the battle of Cowshed to finally take control of their farm.

Once in power, the animals changed the name of the farm from Manor Farm to Animal Farm, flew their own flag, let the pigs take over as leaders, and came up with the motto, "All animals are equal."

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What actually brought about the rebellion in Animal Farm?

The novel leads us to believe over time that this must have been an on-going problem of Mr. Jones. The representation of Mr. Jones was Nicolas II, the ruling Romanov during Russia's last moments of rule from a monarchy.

During the Romanov family's last few rulers, alcohol came to dominate the family, and in Nicolas II's reign specifically encountered his wife dealing with mysticism. They became more concerned with marrying into European monarchies than they were with the needs of the Russian people. It began to grow worse and worse. This is represented by the animals need for a rebellion.

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What actually brought about the rebellion in Animal Farm?

The animals of Manor Farm are disgruntled with the living conditions imposed by their human owner, Mr. Jones. Often drunk, Jones allows his animals to go hungry and without warmth in cold weather. Old Major, Jones' prize white boar, calls the animals together to unite them against their human master, who he claims takes without producing. If the animals revolt and rid themselves of the humans, they will become rich and contented. Humans are enemies of animals, Old Major tells them, and four-legged creatures deserve the right to be free just as their two-legged counterparts.

Three days after his speech, Old Major dies, and the other animals make preparations for a revolt. When the drunken Jones forgets to feed them, the animals break into the barn and help themselves to the feed. When Jones and his men arrive with whips, the animals drive them off the farm. "Animal Farm" is established with a set of commandments for the loyal creatures to follow.

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What event sparked the animals' rebellion in Animal Farm?

To answer this question, take a look at chapter 2. According to the narrator, Mr. Jones went to the Red Lion pub at Willingdon on a Saturday. He got drunk and did not come home until the next day, after which he promptly fell asleep. In his absence, the farm workers have milked the cows and then gone out rabbiting. What is important here is that neither Mr. Jones nor his farm workers fed the animals. The animals have been without food for over twenty-four hours.

As a result of their hunger, one of the cows breaks down the door of the farm store shed. This allows the animals to help themselves to food from the bins.

It is at this moment that Mr. Jones and his men find the animals. Enraged by the fact that they are helping themselves, the humans try to control the situation by lashing at the animals with their whips. The animals, however, are not prepared to put up with this treatment. They fight back, causing the humans to flee the farm.

What is interesting about the rebellion is that it happens much sooner and much easier than expected. The animals are forced to act because of Mr. Jones's maltreatment and neglect. Had Mr. Jones not acted in this way, the rebellion might never have taken place at all.

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What event sparked the animals' rebellion in Animal Farm?

Old Major's speech put the idea of rebellion in the animals' minds, but they didn't have any idea when it would begin or whether "it would be within their own lifetime." Snowball and Napoleon took to organizing the others, so the animals were ready when the time came. Then, on Midsummer's Eve (in June), Mr. Jones got so drunk that he didn't come home until the next day. After arriving, he went right to sleep without feeding the animals. One of the cows broke down the door to the shed, so Jones' workers began "lashing out in all directions" with their whips. In one sudden, unified rush, the animals attacked the men, who were "butted and kicked from all sides." Mrs. Jones grabbed a few items and ran from the house, joining her husband and the workers in the road, where the animals left them, slamming the gate behind them.

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