Animal Farm Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

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In Animal Farm, what idea did Snowball have to improve conditions on the farm?

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At the beginning of the story, Snowball is portrayed as an enthusiastic, intelligent pig, who has big ideas to improve the standard of living on the farm and make life substantially better for all the animals. His biggest, most extravagant plan is to construct a windmill on the small knoll, which is the highest point on the farm. Snowball plans for the windmill to operate like a dynamo and provide electrical power to the farm. The electrical power generated from the windmill would light the stalls and allow the animals to operate machinery, which would make their lives significantly easier. In order to garner support for his windmill proposal, Snowball argues that electrically-powered machines will dramatically reduce their workload and eliminate arduous labor. As a result of the electric power generated from the windmill, Snowball tells the animals that they would only have a three-day work week. After reading several of Mr. Jones's mechanical and engineering books, Snowball draws elaborate blueprints for the windmill and enthusiastically presents the benefits of its construction. After initially opposing Snowball's idea, Napoleon usurps power and takes credit for the windmill proposal and its blueprints.

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Snowball's major idea for improving the conditions on Animal Farm is to build a windmill.  He proposes this idea in Chapter V.

Snowball argues that building a windmill will improve the lives of all the animals.  He says that with the windmill they will no longer have to work any more than 3 days per week.  He says that the windmill will generate electricity that will allow the animals to have warm stalls.

Napoleon is totally opposed to the idea of having a windmill.  When Snowball speaks in favor of the idea, Napoleon has him chased from the farm.

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