What was one of the strongest motivations for completing the rebuilding of the windmill?

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As with during the first construction, the animals are partially working so hard on completing the windmill because the pigs have earnestly convinced them that life will be much easier once the task is finished. They believe that they are working towards a golden age of modern prosperity where each...

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As with during the first construction, the animals are partially working so hard on completing the windmill because the pigs have earnestly convinced them that life will be much easier once the task is finished. They believe that they are working towards a golden age of modern prosperity where each animal will finally be able to live as they deserve.

More than this, however, the animals are working hard because the pigs made them believe that the windmill being knocked down was an act of sabotage on behalf of Snowball and the other farmers. In reality, it was merely knocked over in a storm. The animals are eager to prove that they are a hearty society and their dreams wont be so easily thwarted.

Boxer works so hard on the windmill that he collapses one day, and the treacherous Napoleon has him made into glue for money. The windmill is the perfect device for the pigs to manipulate the other animals.

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It is also important to remember that Animal Farm is an allegorical tale for the Russian Revolution. Therefore, the windmills are representative of the Russian 5 year plans. Each plan was developed to increase economic development.

So the windmill was orginally planned to have a 3 day work week. Of course at the end of the book it only stored corn mill. Each time the windmill was destroyed the animals were determined to prove to Man that they could fight all odds and build the impossible--the windmill.

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The animals are eager to prove that they are successful.  With the encouragement of Squealer, they work on to demonstrate their ability to persevere and to survive.  They believe that the windmill will make life and make work easier, that they will reach their "golden" era by being able to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.  Their strength in this belief of happiness to come is what propels them forward.

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