"Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop holes."
"It is half past six and we have a long day before us. Today we begin the hay harvest. But there is another matter that must be attended to first."
All animals are equalbut some are more equal than others
The beginning of the book shows Mr. Jones' incompetence and his lack of care for his farm. At this point in the book the animals have no control over anything and Jones holds total power showing the theme of power and control.
After the animals took the farm from Mr. Jones they gathered in front of the barn to write their commandments. The writing of the commandments showed the shift from human control to animal control and freedom.
The point in the book when the new commandments were written showed a clear power shift. Once again the animals were under the control of a tyrant, Napoleon.