Animal Farm - Boxer Essay

546 WordsMay 19, 20153 Pages
Boxer is an important character in animal farm as he is loyal, hardworking and is devoted to help get the windmill built but has lack of intelligence. Boxer takes the role of a proletariat. In chapter one we can see that boxer has empathy for the other animals on the farm. We can see this on page two, “the two cart-horses Boxer and Clover, came in together, walking very slowly and setting down their vast hairy hoofs with great care, less there should be some small animal concealed in the straw”. This suggests that Boxer is cautious of harming any other animals, and is a kind character and thinks about others. We can also see this on page 27 during the battle of the cowshed. Although the animals are continuously told, “four legs good, two legs bad”, boxer still doesn’t want to hurt any humans as well as any animal. Evidence of this is, “‘he is dead’ boxer said sorrowfully. ‘ I had no intention of doing that. I forgot that I was wearing iron shoes’.” Orwell uses short sentences to show Boxers guilt and sadness. Orwell creates dramatic irony through Boxer’s intelligence. It makes the reader become annoyed because they know that if Boxer was more intelligent then he would realise what the pigs were doing and what he is falling for. An example of this is in chapter six when Boxer says, “I must work harder, Napoleon is always right” this creates dramatic irony and makes the reader frustrated, because they know that this is not true at all and none of the animals know what is going on. In chapter 8 we can see that if boxer was smarter, then he could be a threat towards Napoleon. Evidence of this is on page 71 when Boxer asks, “what victory? ... But they have destroyed the windmill. And we have worked on it for two years!” this portrays the idea that Boxer is starting to realise that they have lost everything but, due to his low intelligence, he continues to believe what

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