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Animal Farm: Boxer Character Analysis

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?Boxer is a workhorse in the book, ‘Animal Farm’. He is the farm’s strongest, most committed and loyal laborer. He is very loving towards the other animals and watches out for them. He has several mottos right through from the beginning of the story that represents his character, such as: “I will work harder. ” and “Napoleon is always right. ” This shows that he is naive and rarely suspects anything. Boxer is also quite dumb and can only remember four letters of the alphabet at any time.

He is a loyal supporter of Napoleon, listening to everything the so-called leader of the farm says and assumes, mostly without doubt, that everything Napoleon tells the farm animals is true and beneficial, highlighting his motto: “Napoleon is always right. ” In the story, when Boxer thought he had killed a stable-lad, he remorsefully said: “I have no wish to take life, not even human life,” Even though the pigs stated that all the humans were bad, Boxer was sad when one of the farmers got injured in the battle.

This shows that the pigs made all the decisions and that the animals did not always believe what the pigs wanted them to believe. This is allegorical because many of the Working Class men treated the Bolsheviks as the ultimate leader and thought that they were right all the time, so they did not have to think for themselves, just like how Boxer followed the pigs’ words even though he felt a different way. Shortly after the expulsion of Snowball, Boxer said this: “If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right. This is allegorical as Boxer is meant to stand for the Russian proletariat, the powerful but often simple-minded working class. They are naturally drawn to Stalin like how Boxer is to Napoleon, because it seems like they will benefit the most from their new system instead of the old one. After the first mass executions carried out by Napoleon, Boxer broke the silence by saying: “I do not understand it. 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. This is allegorical because before the Russian Revolution, the working classes were very naive and believed that Russia will get out of this terrible shortage of food and money. And with this new idea of communism, the working class of Russia felt as if they had to work harder, not asking any question and try to continue and better the life after the rebellion. Boxer felt the same way too. The writer, Orwell, needed to talk about Boxer because he wanted the world to realize that they have to think for themselves, and not blindly submit to their authorities. Orwell once served in the Imperial Police in Burma.

From there, he could see that the people were oppressed: “… increased my natural hatred of authority and made me for the first aware of the existence of the working class. ” He also talked about Boxer because he wanted to show the people of the world how they could be lied to by the media and just believed it. When something goes wrong, Orwell wanted the people to spend some time to think about the situation, and not just plainly working harder to beat the stress. Orwell finally wants to say that the working class is a force, and if that force rebels against the authorities, they might have a chance of winning.

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Animal Farm: Boxer Character Analysis

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Boxer is described as a hardworking, but naive and ignorant horse in George Orwell's Animal Farm. He is shown as the farm's most dedicated and loyal labourer as well. Boxer serves as an allegory for the Russian working-class who helped to oust Tsar Nicholas and establish the Soviet Union, but were eventually betrayed by the Stalinists.

Boxer cares and looks out for the other animals. One example of this is when all of the animals are hungry from the poor rations, and he gives away most of his food. He is mostly helpful in the places where the other animals are having difficulty. He does all his work loyally and faithfully. Boxer has various mottoes that define his personality, such as: "Napoleon is always right." and "I will work harder." He has been described as "faithful and strong";[1] he believes any problem can be solved if he works harder.[2]

Boxer is a bit dim-witted and can only remember four letters of the alphabet at a time, but sees the importance of education and aspires to learn the rest of the alphabet during his retirement (which never happens). Boxer is a loyal supporter of Napoleon, and he listens to everything the self-appointed ruler of the farm says and assumes, sometimes with doubt, that everything Napoleon tells the farm animals is true, hence "Napoleon is always right."

Boxer's strength plays a huge part in keeping the Farm together prior to his death: the rest of the animals trusted in it to keep their spirits high during the long and hard laborious winters. Boxer was the only close friend of Benjamin, the cynical donkey.

Boxer fights in the Battle of the Cowshed and the Battle of the Windmill, but is upset when he thinks he has killed a stable boy when, in fact, he had only stunned him. this shows that he is gentle in nature, even when dealing with an enemy. When Boxer defends Snowball's reputation from Squealer's revisionism, the pigs designate him as a target for the Great Purge, but he easily out muscles the dog executioners, sparing them at Napoleon's request. His death shows how far the pigs are willing to go. When he collapses from overwork, the pigs say they have sent him to a veterinarian, when they actually have sent him to the knacker's yard to be slaughtered, in exchange for money to buy a case of whiskey for the pigs to enjoy.

During Old Major's speech, which inspired the principles of Animalism, a specific reference is made to how Boxer would be turned into glue under Farmer Jones' rule, thus implying that it would not happen to him under Animalism. "You, Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will send you to the knacker, he will cut your throat and boil you down for the fox-hounds." [3]

Real life model[edit]

Boxer is based on a coal miner named Alexey Stakhanov who was famous for working over his quota. The Joseph Stalin Regime built a cult of personality around him that rewarded workers who showed a similar heroic dedication to production and efficiency. He supported Joseph Stalin.


In the 1954 film adaptation of Animal Farm, Boxer is voiced by Maurice Denham. In the 1999 film adaptation, he is voiced by Paul Scofield.


  1. ^Sutherland, T. (2005). "Speaking My Mind: Orwell Farmed for Education". The English Journal. 95 (1): 17–19. JSTOR 30047391. 
  2. ^Roper, D. (1977). "Viewpoint 2: The Boxer Mentality". Change. 9 (11): 11–63. doi:10.1080/00091383.1977.10569271. JSTOR 40176954. 
  3. ^Chapter I p. 9, Signet Classics edition


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