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How does Napoleon express his contempt for Snowball's windmill plan? In the novel Animal Farm, how does Napoleon express his contempt for Snowballs' plans for the windmill?

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To answer this question, take a look at Chapter Five. According to the narrator, Napoleon takes a look at the detailed plans for the windmill and then urinates all over them before silently walking out.

This is a powerfully symbolic act. By urinating on the plans, Napoleon makes it clear that he feels nothing but contempt for the building of the windmill. He sees no value or point in its construction and will not support it.

Moreover, this is also an act of defiance and domination over Snowball. Napoleon is showing that he will not back down or be convinced by Snowball's plan nor will he let Snowball take control of the farm's direction.

Later in the chapter, Napoleon further expresses his contempt for the windmill by arguing in favor of increased food production and against the construction of the windmill. He also coins the slogan, "Vote for Napoleon and the full manger." Napoleon's contempt cannot be clearer and this sets the scene for his expulsion of Snowball later on.

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Napoleon pees on them.  At this time, Napoleon acts like he has no respect for Snowball. but in reality, Napoleon is going to take those windmill plans.  The animals are going to have to build the windmill, and Napoleon is going to take the credit for the plans.  The animals are going to have to work longer hours with less food than ever before, but will do so with the spirit of "Animalism".  Squealer's propaganda will  continue to paint a pretty picture of life with the windmill, as the animals move ever closer to believing that Snowball is, in fact, an enemy spy.

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I'll bet some teachers wait a lifetime for a crack at this question...

To show his opinion of Snowball's drawings for the windmill, which he opposes, Napoleon pees on the papers. Of course, after driving Snowball off the farm, Napoleon goes ahead and builds the windmill, claiming it was his idea in the first place. Later, when a storm destroys the windmill because it is poorly designed, Napoleon then convinces the other animals that Snowball came back in the dead of night and sabotaged the construction.

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