Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Napoleon Always Said, ‘Life Was Like a Box-er of Workers’
The working class of a society include people employed for harsh, physical labor. In the novel Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, Napoleon enslaves the creatures of Animal Farm under his dictatorship. In this allegory, Orwell uses animals to represent various people in former Soviet Russian society. Boxer, the horse, symbolizes the Russian working class, or proletariats. Both embody qualities of strength, dedication, and blind obedience. As the farm animals face oppression from Napoleon, Boxer and the proletariat’s personality traits allow the tyrannical leader to take advantage of them.
When the farm animals drive Mr. Jones, their abusive and negligent farmer, Boxer displays his physical strength during the Battle of Cowshed. While defending Animal Farm, Boxer helps ambush the attacking humans. The narrator writes, “But the most terrifying spectacle of all was Boxer, rearing up on his hind legs and striking out with his great iron-shod hoofs like a stallion” (Orwell 42). In this passage, Boxer demonstrates a loyalty and eagerness to protect for his farm. Additionally, readers observe his considerable might. However, during the conflict, Boxer accidentally harms a stable boy. Boxer mournfully says, “He is dead… Who will believe that I did not do this on purpose… I have no wish to take life, not even human life” (42-43). Even though Boxer has the physical ability to be a great warrior, he would rather not hurt…

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