The novel begins at Manor Farm, in England. The owner of this farm is Mr, Jones. He is an old drunk who doesn't care about his animals. Manor Farm lies between two farms Pinchfield, and Foxwood. These two farms never get along, and are complete opposites. Manor Farm is an older farm that has basic necessities and is run by all old machinery.
At the beginning of the story the farm pig Old Major, called for a secret meeting. The meeting was about a dream that he had about taking over Manor Farm. He gave a speech about a new beginning where animals ruled and animals weren't peoples slaves. The animals lit up with joy as they imagined their new lives free from humans. Three days later Old Major died. This started the rebellion.
The animals had started the rebellion and succeeded at taking over the farm. They roamed freely, had more food, and slept in more. They got rid of the ropes and whips and harnesses that branded them as humans slaves. The owner of the farm was chased out and angry. He wanted to get his farm back so he started the Battle of Cowshed. This battle was between the animals and humans. The animals won and stayed at Animal Farm
After the Battle of Cowshed, the animals continue to run the farm. However the two leaders Napoleon and Snowball can never agree. On every topic they are divided and can never come to a mutual agreement. Snowball has the idea of a windmill, and Napoleon has the idea of food production. One day during a debate Napoleon had his dogs that he trained when they were young chase Snowball out of the farm, which means that Napoleon is the leader.
After Napoleon becomes the leader the farm goes downhill. The animals are working longer and harder, and the food rations are being cut. Over the span of 2 years the animals complete the windmill, but don't get what they were promised. They worked harder, and harder, never getting a break. Over time Boxer, gets sick and too old to work, however he insisted to work harder. One day he collapsed under a tree and is sent to a Veterinarian. However, it isn't really a Veterinarian, it is a slaughter house. When the animals notice this they try and stop the van that is taking boxer away but it was to late.
"Boxer!!!!... Get out!"
After Boxer dies Squealer the farms propagandist, explains that it wasn't a slaughterhouse and that Boxer got the best care that he could ever ask for. Over the years the farm goes on. Napoleon is still the leader and is beginning to act more and more like a human. He starts carrying around a whip and hanging out with humans. At the end of the book Napoleon and the pigs play cards with the humans. Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington land the same ace of spades, so they both accuse each other of cheating and start to fight. This is when the other animals couldn't see the difference between the pigs and humans.