Animal Farm

Free Version

Upgrade subject to access all content


Boulders Up the Hill


What makes the following quotation so significant?

"Huge boulders, far too big to be used as they were, were lying all over the bed of the quarry. The animals lashed ropes round these, and then all together, cows, horses, sheep, any animal that could lay hold of the rope - even the pigs sometimes joined in at critical moments - they dragged them with desperate​ slowness up the slope to the top of the quarry, where they were toppled over the edge, to shatter to pieces below."


It shows the important role played by the larger animals in building the windmill.


It describes the ingenious process the animals come up with for breaking stone without the use of human tools.


It shows the pigs doing physical labor - something unheard of - which reinforces how hard and how crucial this task is.


It highlights the slow pace of the work and foreshadows the troubles ahead.


It stresses the sheer size of the boulder, which represents the size of the animals' problems.