March INP Post #1: Character Analysis – Boxer

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a story about a farm taken over by poor overworked animals, a honourable character, Boxer (house) is known for his loyalty and diligent work. His help on the farm often incude a multitude of physically demanding work, including lifting heavy objects and working over time. In addition he have established a multitude of different motifs that encourages himself to work harder like “Napoleon is always right” and “I will work harder”. Through his strength, Boxer was capable to contribute greatly to the farm including the building of the windmill and carrying heavy loads for the farm. He also forces himself to work additional work after the normal working hours in order to get more work finished and contributing all his effort in helping to build the windmill.

Though boxer possess great power and strength in the farm “”an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together […] he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work” (1.3) his qualities as a hard worker were not truly beneficial in the state of creating a new nation. Furthermore, he he was a hard worker unaware of his surroundings, illustrated by his moto “I will work harder” not changing thought the book proving that he is a flat character. It is also shone that his intelligence is low compared to the other animals, proven in his inability to learn more than 4 letters in the alphabet.

Throughout the book, there were multiple examples of how Boxer was extremely devoted to other animals, being very aware of other animals’ well being, and his workload not thinking about the potential consequences. It is also demonstrated that he has a lack of intelligence, not able to find solutions to solve the unfair treatment and instead falls back on simple mottos like “I will work harder”. One example of this was when Napoleon begins executing other animals, Boxer can only say, “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” (7.28). During the end of the revolution, It was shone that because of Boxers Unawareness, he worked himself to death, becoming so week from starvation that he is useless. Soon the pigs send him to the slaughter, and it is the end of boxer. The time had been when a few kicks from Boxer’s hoofs would have smashed the van to matchwood. But alas! His strength had left him; and in a few moments the sound of drumming hoofs grew fainter and died away. (9.23)

Because of Boxers hard work ethic, it have motivated other animals in the farm (especially Benjamin) to increase their work time, making them work harder in hope of a good future thinking that it would benefit them. However in reality, Boxer’s actions was really just used by the pigs, milipulating the animals that working harder would bring them more food while the pigs were starving them. In the book, it was shone that the pigs have used Boxer as a advantage many times to influence the decisions of others, allowing them to brainwash the animals thinking that it was only because they did not work hard enough. In some ways Boxer relates to Napoleons speaker, squealer making the animals think that the cause for their starvation was because they did not work hard enough.

In concussion, through this evidence, it is shone that Boxer is a character who is incapable of helping the farm despite his hard work. Though he still has a heart for the other animals, it is proven how easily he could be miss lead by the cruel pigs (Stalin in russia) the cruel, corrupt leaders that end up destroying Animism.