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Timeline of Events

  • March

    Animals hear Old Major's dream of a world where all animals are free from human oppression.

    Chapter 1
  • June

    Animals rebel against Mr. Jones and establish their own rule, renaming the farm Animal Farm.

    Chapter 2
  • October

    Mr. Jones and his men attempt to reclaim the farm but are defeated at the Battle of the Cowshed.

    Chapter 4
  • Early Spring

    Conflict between Snowball and Napoleon peaks over windmill; Napoleon forces Snowball to flee.

    Chapter 5
  • Late Summer

    Napoleon announces plans to begin trade with other farms, and the pigs populate the farmhouse.

    Chapter 6
  • November

    The windmill, near completion, collapses, and Snowball is blamed for sabotage.

    Chapter 6
  • Early Spring

    Napoleon executes animals who confess to working with Snowball to sabotage the farm.

    Chapter 7
  • Autumn

    Frederick double-crosses Napoleon on a timber sale and attacks the farm.

    Chapter 8
  • Summer

    Boxer the horse collapses while working, and the pigs sell him to the local knacker for slaughter.

    Chapter 9
  • Some Years Later

    Pigs fully assume the role humans once held on the farm, wearing clothes and walking on two legs.

    Chapter 10

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 After Mr. Jones, the drunken owner of Manor Farm, goes to bed for the night, the animals gather in the large barn to hea... Read More
Chapter 2 Old Major dies three days after the meeting takes place, passing peacefully in his sleep. The animals bury him in the fa... Read More
Chapter 3 The animals work hard to harvest the hay, and the yield proves to be the largest in the farm's history. They also comple... Read More
Chapter 4 Snowball and Napoleon work through the summer to spread word of the rebellion, sending out pigeons and teaching "Beasts ... Read More
Chapter 5 Mollie repeatedly shirks her duties. One day Clover spots her talking to one of Pilkington's men near the farm's fence. ... Read More
Chapter 6 In their first year under Napoleon's rule, the animals work 60-hour weeks; however, they are consoled by the belief that... Read More
Chapter 7 Work continues on the windmill through the bitter winter because the animals want to prove themselves to the humans who ... Read More
Chapter 8 After the executions, the animals question (away from the pigs and dogs) whether these events fall in line with the Seve... Read More
Chapter 9 The hoof Boxer split during the Battle of the Windmill takes a long time to heal, but he refuses to take any time off wo... Read More
Chapter 10 After many years, most of the animals who fought in the rebellion have died, except Clover, Benjamin, Moses, and some pi... Read More
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