In Chapters 5-7 of Animal Farm, what causes the animals to struggle with breaking up the stones for the windmill and what is the outcome?

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At first, the animals could find no way to break up the stones into smaller pieces. Picks and crowbars seemed to be the most logical tools, but they were useless to the animals, who had no hands and could not stand on their hind legs. However, a solution was finally discovered. Large boulders were in abundance on the farm, so, with much effort, the animals attached ropes to them and dragged them

... to the top of the quarry, where they were toppled over the edge, to shatter to pieces below.

The smaller pieces were then transported by the horses in carts and pulled to the site where the windmill would be constructed; old Benjamin and Muriel both helped, and the sheep "dragged single blocks." The work was painstakingly slow, and sometimes the boulders did not break. Boxer, of course, was the hardest worker of all, always reminding the other animals that "I will work harder" and "Napoleon is always right."