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The novel takes place on a farm called Manor Farm In the initial stages of the book the power over the farm is directly in the hands of a certain Mr Jones who in recent times has taken up alcohol consumption MrJones is parallel to Tsar Nicholas II as suggested by his antipathy toward his people the farm animals in Jones situation and his denial of the current bureaucratic state Before his abdication in 1917 as is parallel to Jones escapement from his spiteful farm of animals the Tsar is known to have partaken in excess alcohol consumption along with his men It was for this same reason that Jones has lost control of the farm which initiates the ideal of revolution to the animals Old Major stirs the other animals by showing his disagreement as per Jones selfish method of running the farm As quoted in the book Man is the only creature that consumes without producing He does not give milk he does not lay eggs he is too weak to pull the plough he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits Yet he is lord of all the animals He sets them to work he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving and the rest he keeps for himself Jones was the evil in capitalism and the animals reason for revolt In a broader sense he is symbolic of motive for change in any situation where that action is believed to be required Old Major is the elderly boar and philosophist of the farm animal population Although only in the novel for a short period of time his role is very significant He was the introducer of a new set of values and the a system labeled as Animalism Major corresponded to the important historic figure Karl Marx who is renowned for his introduction of communistic beliefs to the people through various articles of text
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