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by George Orwell

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What is the significance of the windmill in Animal Farm?

The significance of the windmill in Animal Farm is that it illustrates the various ways the aristocracy manipulates and exploits the working class animals to profit from their labor. The construction of the windmill also depicts how propaganda can effectively influence the thoughts of the working class and allegorically represents Stalin's initial five-years plan to industrialize the Soviet Union. The windmill also exposes Napoleon's true intentions and underscores his tyrannical reign.

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The windmill in Orwell's celebrated novella Animal Farm allegorically represents the Soviet Union's industrialization as part of Joseph Stalin's initial five-year plan to modernize the nation. The construction of the windmill also depicts the pigs' exploitation of the working-class animals and emphasizes Napoleon's tyrannical reign. Snowball is the first to propose the idea of constructing a windmill as a way to dramatically improve the standard of living on the farm. Snowball proposes to use the windmill as a dynamo to electrically power the farm, allowing the animals to have light and heat in their stalls and giving them the opportunity to use power tools, which will shorten their workdays. Similar to Trotsky, Snowball promotes technology, while Napoleon is vehemently opposed to the idea.

After usurping power, Napoleon supports the idea of building a windmill but intends to reap the benefits of the windmill instead of generating electricity to the farm. Napoleon and Squealer manipulate the...

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