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In Animal Farm, what happens to the windmill the second time it was destroyed?

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bee770 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM via web

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In Animal Farm, what happens to the windmill the second time it was destroyed?

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM (Answer #1)

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The toppling of the windmill the second time comes at the hands of Mr. Frederick and his men. Previously, Animal Farm neighbors Frederick and Pilkington were vying for the right to buy a stack of lumber from the pigs.

The pigs went back and forth as to who they would allow to buy the wood; getting the animals to first hate one neighbor and then the other until they finally allowed Frederick to buy the timber.

However, Frederick tricked the pigs by giving them counterfeit bills in exchange for the lumber (probably because he was mad that the animals jerked him around so much during negotiations). This was just the first step, though, in  Frederick's revenge. He then showed up on the farm with backup and as part of his attack on the farm, he placed dynamite at the base of the windmill and blew it up.

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