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Old Major dies, which would have been all jarring and climax-esque if he hadn't predicted it before he gave his speech.
We are told that the pigs, particularly Snowball and Napoleon, are more intelligent than everyone else. (Truth: pigs are wicked smart. Too bad bacon is so delicious.) Well, and then there's Squealer, who's sort of like a used car salesman, only tastier.
Anyway, since they're the geniuses of the farm, the pigs start running the show.
First order of business is to found "Animalism," a system of thought summarizing old Major's teachings.
Moses the crow adds his own twist by coming up with a paradise-like place called Sugarcandy Mountain, which sounds pretty sweet if you ask us. Both literally and slang-ily.
Turns out the horses Boxer and Clover are stupid, but trusting and hard working.
Hm, we're starting to get the feeling that Orwell might be a little speciest.
Mr. Jones gets drunk. Again. So, the animals choose an opportune moment of being (1) underfed and (2) really ticked off as the time to rise up.
So, they rise up—successfully, kicking Mr. Jones out and setting up shop for themselves.
They make more rules: no clothes (including ribbons...brutal) and no sleeping in the house.
They also rename Manor Farm, calling it Animal Farm instead.
The pigs, who apparently can read and write, come up with Seven Commandments. We like you, so we're going to write them out:
(1) Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. (2) Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. (3) No animal shall wear clothes. (4) No animal shall sleep in a bed. (5) No animal shall drink alcohol. (6) No animal shall kill any other animal. (7) All animals are equal.
Pretty straightforward, right? So it's weird when the pigs steal all the fresh milk from the cows.
We get the feeling that this isn't going to be a communist utopia after all.