Over the years, the pigs continue to benefit at the expense of the otheranimals. The Commandments are changed, corrupted and perverted.At the end of the novel,Napoleon and his henchpigs,are discovered drinking andplaying cards with Pilkingtonand other men. Napoleon eventoasts the farm by its old name'Manor Farm'. The bewildered animals whowitness this scene throughthe farmhouse windows arefinally unable to tell thedifference between the pigs and the humans who had previously ruledover them and exploited them.Absolute power has corrupted the pigs - absolutely.
The Plot of
Chapter by Chapter
Chapter 1 The novel opens with
, the proprietor of Manor Farm,lurching across his yard and going off drunk to bed. The animals, afterwaiting for his light to go out, assemble in the barn to hear what
, has to say to them. We meet the animals onthe farm as they arrive and already know something of their charactersas they settle down to listen. Major has had a dream. He isapproaching death and wishes to communicate to the others thewisdom he has acquired during his long, thoughtful life. This, briefly, iswhat he tells the animals:(a)Animals' lives are 'miserable, laborious and short'; they live atsubsistence level while working to capacity; the moment they cease tobe useful they are cruelly killed; misery and slavery is the fate of allanimals in England.(b)The land can support them but the produce of their labour isstolen by Man; remove Man and the problem is solved.