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. They’re pigs…they need to get something in the way of attributes. Oh, and there’s also Squealer, who is sort of like a used car salesman. The pigs start running the show.
The animals found "Animalism," a system of thought summarizing Old Major’s teachings. No points for creativity.
Moses, the crow, speaks of a paradise-like place called Sugarcandy Mountain, much to everyone’s annoyance.
Turns out Boxer and Clover are stupid, but trusting and hard working.
Mr. Jones gets drunk. Again. After he neglects the animals, they choose the opportune moment of being a) underfed and b) really pissed off as the time to uprise. They do. Uprise that is. Successfully.
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 miraculously read and write, come up with Seven Commandments. What are these commandments, you might ask. Good question. We suggest you open your book.
The pigs steal all the fresh milk from the cows. The less intelligent animals don’t seem to notice.