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  • 0:02 Alcoholism &…
  • 1:00 Planning the Rebellion
  • 1:34 Injustice
  • 2:14 The Battle of Cowshed
  • 3:37 Consequences
  • 4:10 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

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

Mr. Jones is the owner and operator of Manor Farm until the animals take over and turn it into Animal Farm. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Mr. Jones by looking at quotes from 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell.

Alcoholism & Neglecting the Farm

At one time, Mr. Jones, the owner and operator of Manor Farm, seemed to be a decent farmer, but due to some financial issues and hard times, he has turned to alcohol. In this lesson, we'll look at Mr. Jones' downward spiral through quotes in the George Orwell novel, Animal Farm.

When Mr. Jones has too much to drink, the animals don't get fed or get locked away, as we see from this quote from the narrator:

Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes. . . he kicked off his boots at the back door, drew himself a last glass of beer from the barrel in the scullery, and made his way up to bed.

Instead of accepting responsibility for his actions, he whips and punishes the animals for trying to feed themselves. Mr. Jones' alcoholism leads not only to the mistreatment of the animals, but also to opportunities for the animals to join forces and plan a revolt.

Planning the Rebellion

Before passing on, Old Major, a well-respected pig, shares his dream for a better life. He has observed Mr. Jones mistreating the animals for a long time. He knows that there's a tragic ending in store for each of them if something doesn't change. At one point, he explains it this way:

Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the foxhounds. As for the dogs, when they grow old and toothless, Jones ties a brick round their necks and drowns them in the nearest pond.

Injustice

While it likely came as a shock to all of the farmers that the animals revolted, is there something else Mr. Jones could have done besides complaining of his mistreatment? Has he taken any responsibility for his mistreatment of the animals? After the animals take over, Mr. Jones spends his time wallowing in self-pity and drowning his sorrows in alcohol instead of trying to make a better place for himself and the animals. The narrator tells us:

Most of this time Mr. Jones had spent sitting in the taproom of the Red Lion at Willingdon, complaining to anyone who would listen of the monstrous injustice he had suffered in being turned out of his property by a pack of good-for-nothing animals.

The Battle of Cowshed

However, Mr. Jones finally decides to do something and makes plans to take the farm back by force. If he gets the farm back, how can he possibly run it when the animals feel the way they do about him? What might have happened if he had used a little diplomacy first? Force didn't work to maintain the farm when he had it. He probably needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan, but that isn't what happens, as the narrator tells us:

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