What happened to the windmill in chapter six of Animal Farm? What caused it to happen?

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teachersage | (Level 2) Educator

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In November, a harsh southwest wind comes and knocks down the windmill that the animals have labored so long to build. It is in ruins. Napoleon, however, blames this destruction on Snowball, saying he came to the farm under cover of darkness to destroy the windmill. He even shows them pig footprints that seemingly lead to a hole in the hedge. The other animals are deeply shocked at Snowball's treachery. Humans on the other farms, however, maintain that the windmill's walls were thin, causing it to be too weak to withstand the high winds. While the animals insist this was not the case, they still decide to rebuild the windmill with walls twice as thick, three feet rather than just eighteen inches.

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The windmill, which has not been built very well, is knocked down by a violent storm.  Since Napoleon took credit for the windmill plans, it would be logical to blame Napoleon for its destruction.  However, Napoleon avoids this by blaming the destruction on the deliberate attack of Snowball.  Napoleon makes Snowball a scapegoat, and uses the incident to make Snowball the official enemy of all the animals.  He even plants pig tracks near the windmill, and claims that they are certainly Snowball's.  "Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball."

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