The Causes Of Rebellion In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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“The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion”(Frederick Douglass). For Frederick Douglass to rebel, he must have been in very harsh conditions while facing unbearable brutality. In Animal Farm by George Orwell the animals are treated unjustly by their farmer Mr. Jones. A revolt is prompted as the animals are given an inadequate number of resources, held down by unacceptable restrictions, and snatched of their products by the government, Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones neglects to provide the animals adequate resources and avoids responding to the needs of the animals. Old Major the well respected, wise pig, recognizing Jones’ inadequacies, gathers the animals together and proclaims “‘[they] are given just so much food as will keep the breath in
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Mr. Jones gives the animals a low amount of food and does not “respond to the needs of their society”, which falls into the category of factor three. The animals feel that they are entitled to proper feeding and will revolt if they are denied that. Additionally, the farm has seen their population growing weaker and weaker. Old Major addresses this decline as the milk “which should have been breeding up sturdy calves”(8) has been taken by Mr. Jones. The government again does not give the animals resources essential to life. The cows expect to use their milk to bring up calves, but instead every drop has gone down the throat of a human. Identical to a tyrant, Jones is a self centered, grumpy farmer, who does not support the animals.

Mr. Jones uses the animals’ labor to make money for himself, which aligns with the fourth rebellion causing factor.

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