In "Animal Farm", what really happens to Snowball?Is he the really person that destroyed the windmill at first? Is it true that he was hiding in the neighbouring farms?I would like to...

In "Animal Farm", what really happens to Snowball?

Is he the really person that destroyed the windmill at first? Is it true that he was hiding in the neighbouring farms?I would like to know exactly what happened to Snowball, and to know whether he was really hiding in those farms.

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For Snowball, who too gets caught up in his own dreams, the windmill is a promise of leisure time for everyone, provided by electrical power that will run the machines and do the hard work presently done by the animals. Historically, the windmill represents the early attempts after the Revolution to bring Russia into the 20th Century through a series of Five Year Plans. After fighting with Napoleon over the windmill, Snowball is forced to run away by Napoleon's big dogs. He is never seen again and the truth about his whereabouts is never made clear in the novel. He could have been hiding out in the neighboring farms, but if his life is really an analogy to that of Leon Trotsky, we must assume at some point Snowball was killed, either by the dogs or some other agent of Napoleon.Trotsky first fled to New York and then to Mexico where he was killed by agents of the Russian secret police. Just as Trotsky was discredited in the Russian press and his name eliminated from Russian history books, Napoleon also begins a campaign to discredit Snowball and he is never heard from again.