Animal Farm

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The windmill represents the massive infrastructure constructions projects and modernization initiatives that Soviet leaders instituted immediately after the Russian Revolution. In Animal Farm, the windmill also comes to symbolize the pigs' totalitarian triumph: the other animals work to build the windmill thinking it will benefit everyone, and even after it benefits only the pigs the animals continue to believe that it benefits all the animals.
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The Windmill Symbol Timeline in Animal Farm

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Windmill appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...The most intense point of disagreement between the two is Snowball's plan to build a windmill. He says the windmill will produce electric power to warm stalls and run electrical tools... (full context)
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Snowball finally finishes his plans for the windmill. The next Sunday the animals gather to vote. Snowball speaks passionately about the paradise the... (full context)
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Three weeks later, Napoleon announces that they'll build the windmill after all. Squealer explains: Napoleon opposed the windmill just to get rid of Snowball, who... (full context)
Chapter 6
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To build the windmill and keep the farm running at the same time, the animals have to work like... (full context)
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...even eggs with its neighbors, not for commercial uses, but for the benefit of the windmill. The animals are uneasy because they had agreed never to use money. Napoleon hires a... (full context)
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...farm had to sell some food for money, the winter promises to be bad. The windmill is now half-finished, which pleases everyone (except Benjamin). (full context)
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One night in November, a terrible storm knocks down the windmill. The animals are horrified. Napoleon sniffs around the rubble. He looks worried and his tail... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Despite the hard, bitter winter, the animals work to rebuild the windmill, which the humans claim fell because of its thin walls. Though the pigs say the... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The animals work harder than ever to rebuild the windmill with walls twice as thick. Sometimes they feel like they're working harder and getting less... (full context)
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The animals joyfully finish the windmill in autumn. But Animal Farm still lacks the machinery to produce electricity, and two days... (full context)
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...the animals back into the barn. The animals watch as the men blow up the windmill. The sight drives the animals into a rage, and they attack. Many animals die, and... (full context)
Chapter 9
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One day, while working on the new windmill, Boxer's lung fails and he falls, no longer able to work. Squealer announces that Napoleon... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...some of the pigs remember the revolution. Animal Farm is more prosperous than ever. The windmill is finished, though instead of producing electricity it's used to mill flour, and brings in... (full context)