BOXER

Animal Farm- Sagar & Mehul

overview

  • Boxer the horse is the character that encompasses all the desired work qualities needed on Animal Farm.
  • Boxer shows physical strength, dedication, perseverance, and loyalty to the leader Napoleon, some of the best qualities shown out of all the working animals.
  • The failure to recognize the very pronounced corruption and the blind trust in the leaders’ motives was seen by Orwell as a weakness that was shared by all the working class, which Boxer best symbolizes
  • Throughout the story, he is exploited by the pigs and Mr. Jones, following orders religiously and working harder as days go by.
This betrayal is best shown when Boxer is unknowingly transported to a glue factory where he meets his demise. The death shocks animal farm and impacts daily life to a very large extent because Boxer was the one character that served as the “glue” that held all the others together in some way or another.

quotes

1) Pigs threaten Boxer, telling him that the time when he should call it quits is not too far away. The pigs mention that “the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will send you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the fox-hounds” (Orwell 3).


2) A motto that Boxer lived by as an individual was the fact that “Napoleon is always right” (Orwell 26), demonstrating the obliviousness of Boxer to the realistic corruption that surrounded Animal Farm.


3) Something Boxer never failed to do was to always put his complete effort into all of his work, as he told himself nearly every day that “I will work harder” (Orwell 21).


4) “I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves. The solution, as I see it, is to work harder” (Orwell 72).


5) "He had made an arrangement with one of the cockerels to call him in the mornings half an hour earlier than anyone else, and would put in some volunteer labour at whatever seemed to be most needed, before the regular day's work began." (Orwell 17)


6) "....he seemed more like three horses than one; there were days when the entire work of the farm seemed to rest upon his mighty shoulders." (Orwell 17)


7) "Nothing could have been achieved (in building the windmill) without Boxer, whose strength seemed equal to that of all the rest of the animals put together. When the boulder began to slip and the animals cried out in despair at finding themselves dragged down the hill, it was always Boxer who strained himself against the rope and brought the boulder to a stop." (Orwell 38)


8) “All the animals took up the cry of ‘Get out, Boxer, Get out!’” (Orwell 57)

boxer dies
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Questions

1) Why does Boxer feel that he must create slogans for himself to live by?


2) Although Boxer has physical power over the cunning pigs, what forces him to abide by their rules and believe in their morals?


3) Boxer was easily manipulated by the false belief that the pigs were always right- how do you think he would have felt after he learned he was played all along?


4) What role do you think Boxer plays on the farm?


5) Does Napoleon feel threatened by Boxer? Is this why he sends Boxer to be killed?


6)Why do all the animals adore Boxer?


7) If you were put in the same situation as Boxer, would you have followed instructions or start a rebellion?


8) If Boxer were smarter, would he have made the same decisions?