Animal Farm

by

George Orwell

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Mr. Jones Character Analysis

The original owner of Manor Farm. Once a strict and fierce master, in the years before the story begins, Mr. Jones became drunk, careless, and ineffective, as well as casually cruel and arrogant. Mr. Jones’s carelessness and cruelty are the final straw for the animals: they instigate a rebellion when he neglects to feed them and then tries to beat them when they break into the stores of grain. Though Mr. Jones attempts to take back Animal Farm, his attempt is unsuccessful and none of the other farmers have much genuine sympathy for him. Mr. Jones symbolizes the Russian Tsar in the early 20th century.

Mr. Jones Quotes in Animal Farm

The Animal Farm quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Jones or refer to Mr. Jones. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet Classics edition of Animal Farm published in 1996.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings.”

Related Characters: Old Major (speaker), Mr. Jones
Page Number: 7
Explanation and Analysis:

“Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever. 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.”

Related Characters: Old Major (speaker), Mr. Jones
Page Number: 7-8
Explanation and Analysis:

“Remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray. Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”

Related Characters: Old Major (speaker), Mr. Jones
Page Number: 10
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 9 Quotes

Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.

Related Characters: Squealer, Mr. Jones
Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Jones Character Timeline in Animal Farm

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Jones appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The owner of Manor Farm, Mr. Jones , locks his henhouses for the evening—but he’s too drunk to remember to shut everything... (full context)
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...they only get enough food to keep them going, and once they’re no longer useful, Mr. Jones kills them. Animals, he insists, are slaves, though they don’t have to be. Manor Farm... (full context)
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...to hundreds of eggs to Clover’s four foals, gone forever. Old Major points out that Mr. Jones butchers pigs, will someday sell Boxer to the glue factory when he can’t work, and... (full context)
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...it quickly and they sing it all together five times through. They only stop when Mr. Jones shoots his gun into the side of the barn, breaking up the meeting. (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...the theory to others, but it’s slow going. Many animals suggest they owe loyalty to Mr. Jones and others point out that they’ll starve without Mr. Jones to feed them. Others insist... (full context)
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The rebellion arrives much earlier and happens much more easily than anyone expected. Mr. Jones has, in the last few years, begun drinking more, so he neglects his animals and... (full context)
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The animals first gallop gleefully around the farm and then destroy evidence of Mr. Jones ’s power. They throw bits, dog chains, and knives down the well, and they burn... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...instead assume leadership positions. It takes the animals less than time than it ever did Mr. Jones to bring in the hay, and the harvest is bigger than it’s ever been. Throughout... (full context)
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...no one else has seen a dead donkey when asked if life is better without Mr. Jones . (full context)
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...the milk and apples in order to care for everyone else—if they don’t get them, Mr. Jones will come back. The animals see his point and say nothing when the main crop... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...pigeons to spread the word to other animals and teach them “Beasts of England,” while Mr. Jones sits in the bar in Willingdon and complains about his fate. The other farmers sympathize... (full context)
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...their animals from singing “Beasts of England.” In October, pigeons arrive with the news that Mr. Jones and men from Foxwood and Pinchfield are coming up the driveway to retake the farm.... (full context)
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...they rush after the animals. In the yard, however, the horses, cows, and pigs charge. Mr. Jones shoots at Snowball, but only grazes his back. Snowball flattens Mr. Jones as Boxer strikes... (full context)
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...animals decide to call this conflict the Battle of the Cowshed, and when they find Mr. Jones ’s gun, they decide to set it up and fire it twice per year on... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...all recognize that their conflict with humans isn’t over—they expect humans to try to reinstate Mr. Jones , especially since news of the animals’ victory at the Battle of the Cowshed has... (full context)
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...these dogs wag their tails at Napoleon just like other dogs used to wag at Mr. Jones . Napoleon announces that there will be no more Sunday meetings, as they’re unnecessary and... (full context)
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...role in the battle was exaggerated. He reminds everyone again that if they’re not disciplined, Mr. Jones will return. This convinces the animals entirely—anything that might help Mr. Jones must stop. Boxer... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...summer is reasonable for the animals. They don’t have more food than they had under Mr. Jones , but they don’t have less. The animals find that their methods of performing tasks... (full context)
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...pigs need their sleep since they need to keep their wits about them—if they don’t, Mr. Jones might return. Knowing that Mr. Jones’s return would be disastrous, the animals agree with Squealer... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...he plans to lead their attack on Animal Farm. Further, Snowball was in league with Mr. Jones all along, which they know because of newly discovered documents. Squealer insists that Snowball’s attempt... (full context)
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...going to give them all away. His plot would’ve succeeded if Napoleon hadn’t leapt at Mr. Jones crying “Death to Humanity” and bit Mr. Jones’s leg. This graphic description helps the animals... (full context)
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...help him give Animal Farm to Mr. Frederick. They also corroborate that Snowball worked with Mr. Jones . When they’re done, the dogs tear their throats out. (full context)
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...animals were in league with Snowball, or their punishment. This is the first time since Mr. Jones ’s departure that there’s been bloodshed on the farm. The animals—except for the cat, who... (full context)
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...think of rebellion or disobedience, however, as she still recognizes that this is better than Mr. Jones ’s return would be. She’ll accept Napoleon’s leadership, even if this wasn’t what she hoped... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...farm work, means they sometimes wonder if they work harder now than they did for Mr. Jones , but possibly for less food. On Sunday mornings, Squealer reads lists of figures that... (full context)
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...“Beasts of England” coming from the farmhouse, and Napoleon inexplicably gallops around the yard in Mr. Jones ’s hat. In the morning, Squealer is the first to emerge at nine a.m. He... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...not short on food and are doing better than they did in the days of Mr. Jones . He points out all the things that are better now and the animals believe... (full context)
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...only candidate and wins the election unanimously. He uncovers more documents detailing Snowball’s dealings with Mr. Jones , including some saying that Snowball led the human forces and shouted, “Long live humanity!”... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...in the fields. The older ones try to remember if life was better immediately after Mr. Jones disappeared, but they can’t remember. They have nothing to compare their present to except for... (full context)