In this blog post, I’m going to be analyzing the character Boxer from the book “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. Animal Farm is meant to be satire book comparing to the Russian Revolution with animals and I’ll be comparing Boxer with the people in the Russian Revolution.
Boxer is the horse in animal farm and is the strongest in the farm. Boxer takes a major roll of rebuilding the windmill and is looked up to by all the animals in the farm as he is so dedicated into making the windmill. Across the books, I’ve realized Boxer is the most dedicated animals in the farm. I say dedicated, not passionate. As the only thing that drives Boxer forwards is his motto of Napoleon is always right. He can’t think for himself or others. He is like a robot. He is told what to do. Whenever the windmill gets destroyed, they are in worse conditions but Boxer works harder than ever, each time they destroy the windmill. He is so dedicated to the windmill, that he eventually dies because of his health conditions from building the windmill. He were told of his health conditions but ignored them and kept working.
We can also tell that Boxer isn’t a intelligent animal, as he actually dies from working too much. He is unable to think for himself and only for the people in charge. He also knew that he would die but ignored it. Boxer is also not able to read or read the alphabet above D. Which also leads him to his death as he didn’t realize he was being put into a horse slaughter truck. Whenever something is wrong, Boxer doesn’t think for himself but instead says to himself that Napoleon is always right.
He is also one of the most inspiring animals in the farm. Boxer was a role model to the animals as he was strong and they thought they could rely on him. They were also inspired by his resilience every time he built the windmill. I believe that without Boxer, the windmill’s construction would’ve been much slower or maybe it might’ve not have been complete if it wasn’t for Boxer telling the animals. I feel that Boxer was a bigger reason why the animals helped build the windmill. They didn’t want to work for Napoleon’s tyranny but wanted to help Boxer and looked up to him.
Boxer was also a very “Loyal” animal. He does everything in his power to build that windmill. He is “loyal” to Napoleon as he believes everything Napoleon does is right and reasonable. Instead of loyal, I would say manipulative. He was brainwashed by the pigs to be loyal to Napoleon. Not literally, but I think he began to believe in the quote, “Napoleon is always right.” when the pigs repeated it over and over. I think that before Snowball was kicked out, he could think for himself. Because right before Snowball was kicked out, that was the last time in the book where he thought for himself and questioned others. We also can tell as Boxer was a very gentle animal and he doesn’t like or believe in killing. We can tell, when he kills the farmboy during the battle for the farm by accident. But when Napoleon starts executing the animals, He is also very dependent. He needs Napoleon’s “rule” and I believe if Napoleon was gone, he wouldn’t know what to do.
I think Boxer was the workers in the Russian Revolution. I’m going to be comparing the workers with the traits I gave boxer People that were dependent with money and needed orders from the higher ranks to do their job. Without the orders, the workers wouldn’t know what to do to help the people. The workers are also very manipulative. We can trick them into doing things they don’t want to do by force, or maybe making them think its for the right cause. Workers are very loyal to their boss. As they want to get paid and they try to their best to get a raise. I don’t think I really agree that workers are inspiring in real life. But mostly ignored except for the leaders. But Boxer was one of the most famous animal in the farm. So I don’t know why the author decided to make Boxer such a likeable character in the farm. If I had to make the characteristics of Boxer, I feel like he’d be someone who was ignored, but tried his best anyway. Boxer is very dedicated in making the windmill and I think workers are also very dedicated into making their projects in real life. But I wouldn’t say workers aren’t smart in real life. They probably don’t think of life too positive or is innocent. They are very educated about how life works. The author might’ve been trying to show the readers that workers don’t get good education in the revolution because they had no money.
In conclusion I think Boxer played a major role in the book and is a very crucial character in the story. He had traits that people always looked up to but ultimately lead to his doom.
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.