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Animal Farm - Give a detailed account of the two attempts to build the windmill and explain why each attempt ends in disaster.

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Q2. Give a detailed account of the two attempts to build the windmill and explain why each attempt ends in disaster. Snowball first brought up the idea of building the windmill after seeing that winter was hard to pass due to the frozen fields that are barren, and the bitter cold that the animals suffered. The windmill, according to Snowball, will be made to operate a dynamo which will in turn supply the farm with electricity. Electricity will light the stalls and warm them in winter, and would also run a circular saw, a chaff-cutter, a mangel-slicer and an electric milking machine. This will be for industrial development. Snowball also conjured up a picture of fantastic machines which would do their work for the animals while the animals will graze at their ease in the fields or improved their minds with reading and conversation. Napoleon, who had vehemently opposed the windmill idea from the start, then made a sudden U-turn to support it, claiming it his own, after expelling Snowball. He stated that it would mean very hard work and necessitated reducing their rations. ...read more.


A full bushel will be awarded if Snowball is being captured alive. The rebuilding of the windmill with walls twice as thick as before was ordered by Napoleon. The rebuilding of the windmill begins on a harsh winter with little food. The animals found inspiration again in Boxer despite the bitter winter. The animals also found inspiration well knowing that the envious human beings would rejoice and triumph if the mill were not finished on time. Squealer made excellent speeches on the joy of service and the dignity of labour but more inspiration was found in Boxer's spirit. Throughout the year, the animals worked twice as hard as before as they had to finish a windmill with walls twice as thick as before and to finish it by an appointed date. Meanwhile, Frederick betrayed Napoleon by paying him counterfeits for the pile of timber. He then attacked Animal Farm. This time, the animals were afraid to fight as there were fifteen men and half a dozen guns between them. They took refuge in the farm buildings and peeped cautiously out from holes. ...read more.


In the first destruction of the windmill, Napoleon made use of this chance to tarnish Snowball's reputation. In his speech, he used various methods of persuasion such as rhetorical question and falsified argument. Pronouncing the death sentence will give the animals the mindset that Snowball is indeed a traitor of Animal Farm. By assigning the task of building the windmill to the animals, he could also make use of the opportunity to reduce their rations and increase the pigs' food. He had stated about the reduction in rations from the start of the plan after Snowball's expulsion. Also, in building the windmill, the animals had come across problems such as how to break up the huge boulders. This would divert their full attention to think of the solution. In conclusion, the two attempts end in disaster as Napoleon did not seriously want to build a windmill that is for the animals' welfare, rather than for the pigs' welfare. In the process, despite the embarrassing situation of guilelessly accepting counterfeits, he was able to assume supremacy over Animal Farm and the animals. AF - literature essay Q2 1 2I ...read more.

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