How important is the weather to the struggles of the animals of Animal Farm?
"It was a bitter winter." The weather has been important to the animals' occupation of the farm, which has now lasted a year and a half. Quickly read again Chapters 1-6, noting references to the weather.
When the animals first took over the farm, it was early spring, and the "harvest was an even bigger success than they had hoped" (Chapter III). The summer was a good one for the animals, whose work went "like clockwork." But when January came, the fields froze and little work could be done (Chapter V). The pigs spent their time planning for the upcoming season, and Snowball had great expectations for modernizing the farm's operation. Plans for a windmill were the most important of Snowball's ideas, but he soon disappeared and the windmill appeared to be put on hold. But once the weather improved, Napoleon announced that Snowball's windmill would be built after all. The animals worked "like slaves" throughout the spring and summer, and in August they began working on Sundays as well, which had been their one day off (Chapter VI). The harvest was smaller than the previous year (probably due, in part, to Snowball's absence). The windmill had nearly been completed when terrible winds hit in November, leaving it "in ruins."