What Does The Windmill Represent In Animal Farm

What does the windmill in Animal Farm represent in Stalin's era?

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One other important aspect of the windmill and what it represents were the promises made by Stalin and others about what would happen with the progress and the "profit" from their great endeavors.  The peasants and the laborers were promised better lives just as the animals were, that this great machinery of the state in terms of production and growth would be used to fuel a new and better life for everyone.

And just like the windmill, once the machinery was up and running, those that benefitted the most were the party elite and the folks that did all the work noticed that the lines were just as long and their apartments just as cold in the winter as before.

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There was no one particular thing (like one dam or one electric power plant) that is represented by the windmill.  Instead, the windmill represents the Soviets' attempts to make their country more modern in terms of its economy.

During Stalin's era, the Soviet Union ran its economy on a series of Five Year Plans.  These plans were aimed mainly at making the country industrialized.  Russia had been a very agrarian and backwards country and Stalin wanted it to be an industrial power as soon as possible.

So the animals' attempts to build the windmill represent these efforts to modernize.  They also represent the ways in which these efforts ended up making the people's lives difficult because resources were being put in to modernizing the economy rather than into giving the people a better standard of living.

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