Mr. Jones in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Clover in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:03 Mr. Jones Background
  • 0:31 Mr. Jones' Neglect of…
  • 1:07 The Expulsion of Mr. Jones
  • 2:15 Mr. Jones' Retaliation…
  • 3:17 Mr. Jones Symbolism & Analysis
  • 4:32 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, Mr. Jones is a farmer. When he becomes distracted from taking care of his animals, the animals unite and take over. Learn more about Mr. Jones and how he symbolizes Tsar Nicholas II in the Russian Revolution.

Mr. Jones Background

Have you ever known someone who's had every opportunity to be successful, but destroyed it all through bad decisions and addictions?

Mr. Jones is the owner of Manor Farm in the beginning of Animal Farm by George Orwell. At one time, he was a harsh, but good farmer. However, after encountering some legal problems that hurt him financially, Mr. Jones turned to alcohol, which expedited his downward spiral. Let's learn more about Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones' Neglect of the Animals

If Mr. Jones had been paying attention, the animals would never have had the opportunity to come together to talk about starting a revolution. But in his drunkenness, Mr. Jones fails to secure the animals, giving Old Major, a respected pig, a chance to stir things up.

Old Major reminds the animals of how hard they have had to work for Mr. Jones, with very little compensation. Their children are taken away from them at a young age, and eventually, each one of them will be slaughtered when they are no longer useful. When the sound of the animals wakes up Mr. Jones, he fires a shot into the barn which breaks up the meeting.

The Expulsion of Mr. Jones

As the animals continue to meet to talk about a new way of doing things, which they called Animalism, a few of the animals remained loyal to Mr. Jones or said, 'Mr. Jones feeds us. If he were gone, we should starve to death.'

Mr. Jones is oblivious as his farm deteriorates in his drunken stupor. One day, after getting soused at a local pub, Mr. Jones passes out, forgetting to feed the animals. The animals help themselves to the food in storage. When Mr. Jones wakes up to see what they have done, he and four of his men beat the animals with whips. In that moment, the animals attack Mr. Jones and his men and drive them off the farm.

The animals celebrate their new-found freedom by getting rid of the reins, knives, and chains that were used by Mr. Jones. The animals don't mind working hard since now they are enjoying their independence for the first time. It's noted that the pigs are taking all of the milk, which Mr. Jones used to mix in to all the animals' food. But Squealer, a pig and propaganda master, is able to convince the animals that it is worth the sacrifice to keep Mr. Jones from returning.

Mr. Jones' Retaliation & Surrender

Mr. Jones spends his days getting drunk in the bar and complaining about his animals to the other farmers. In October, Mr. Jones gathers his neighbors and tries to take back the farm by force. However, the animals are able to overpower them and chase them off the farm once again. The animals work hard and have a decent harvest, but they notice that the food supply has not increased since Mr. Jones was sent into exile.

Mr. Jones finally gives up completely on ever regaining control of his farm and leaves the area. After Napoleon, the dictator, drives Snowball, another pig who was gaining leadership on the farm, off the premises, rumors begin to circulate that Snowball was in cahoots with Mr. Jones from the beginning.

Meanwhile, animals are being slaughtered by other animals for political reasons, rations are being cut, and animals are working harder than ever, but Squealer's data shows that their quality of life has improved since Jones's expulsion. In the end, Mr. Jones dies in an 'inebriates' home in another part of the country.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account