Characteristics Of Boxer In Animal Farm

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Horses are mainly recognized to be very strong and loyal animals. Boxer, the most important of the two horses on the Animal/Manor Farm, was immensely dedicated and possessed the strength required to work in the farm as well as the rebellion. Boxer was looked up to by many, for he was one of the most industrious characters in the story. Whenever he came across a problem, he would not back down; instead he would say to himself, “I will work harder!” (Orwell 29). When Animalism began, he threw himself to the cause and showed the same dedication and loyalty to his companions as he did to himself. The corrupt pigs of the farm used his virtues against him, and used him as a pawn in their game to gain control over the farm. Although Boxer’s strength was irreplaceable, his wits were not as exceptional. He learned things from the pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, naively listening to anything they told him, and shared their beliefs with all the other animals. Boxer could only think in simple, short phrases. Very often, Boxer could be heard repeating the phrase, “Napoleon is always right,” which revealed how he was dependent on the leader who taught him what he knows (Orwell 56). Orwell portrays Boxer as the perfect example of the working class, by using its best qualities: loyalty, dedication and capacity for labor. And its worst weakness: a blind trust to the good intentions and promises given to them by those in power and the inability to recognize the most obvious forms of political
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