Character Analysis: Boxer
Animal farm is a fable that tells story about how animal rebels, seizes the farm from human, hoping for a better life in the farm on their own. In the story, Boxer is a less than average intelligent horse with high physical power and is one of the most dedicated worker in the farm who fully believes in whatever Napoleon says. He believes everything the Pig told him and even passes it to his counterparts in a very simple manner. His characteristic of being naive and optimistic proves to be detrimental towards himself; evidently in the very end of the story where he was sold to slaughterhouse instead of sending to hospital. This signifies how Boxer is constantly abused until his death. In this essay, I will elucidate the analysis of Boxer in terms of the character development, growth and fall, its significance and allegorical portrayal, and its relevant in today’s society.
Firstly, Boxer is considerably the static character. A static character is the type of character that remains the same throughout the novel. It is kind of a flat character that does not significantly develop or grow but is there to fulfill the story. More often, this character serve as a stereotypical illustration of particular individual or group of people regarding their action or their ideology. Basically Boxer is a loyal animal in the farm. Being horse makes him the most physically strongest. However, Boxer has very limited thinking capacity, as a result, he is habitually unconscious about his circumstance and unable to utilize his strong physical quality to save himself. His two personal mottos are “Napoleon is always right” and “I will work harder” (Orwell 1945, p. 22). This exemplifies his way of thinking as he takes thing as it were told without any curiosity even if it contradicts to the reality; he will always take on the optimistic stance and stands for his oppressive leader, Napoleon.
At the initial stage of the story, he learns about Animalism and without a doubt, he bestows himself for to the principle. As a result, he devotes all his labor for the rebel group to fight against human, and was accidentally killed the boy and said “I have no wish to take life, not even human life” (Orwell 1945, p. 17). His atonement for the boy’s death shows that he is a pure hearted creature but willing to sacrifice even his own moral belief for the principle of Animalism even though he finds it morally wrong to deprive of somebody’s life. Following the end of the Battle of Cowshed, he was awarded the prize of “first-class animal hero” due to his high level of heroism. Even after Snowball were kicked out of the farm, he momentarily believed in Snowball’s loyalty and good intention; however, with his low level of intelligent, he later manipulated by Squealer into believe that Napoleon is always right in every circumstance and continue to work hard with no voice of dissent. At the end, he collapsed due to his bounteous and limitless contribution to the...