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Animal Farm Chapter 9

| Monday October 03, 2011

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A Guide to Animal Farm
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Summary

  • Young pigs are to be educated separately.
  • Moses returns.
  • Boxer collapses. His body is sold by the pigs as he cannot work.
  • The pigs buy whiskey with the money from Boxer’s sale.

The Death Of Boxer | Betrayal Of Trust

Boxer is one of the most sympathetic characters in Animal Farm. He represents the proletariat & is fiercely loyal to the revolution.  His strength and work ethic are used by the pigs to drive the revolution forward & they know that Boxer will always back them up because he believes whatever they tell him. His death is one of the most powerful events in the novel. It shows the reader how the pigs have betrayed the trust of the animals, their indifference to Boxer’s suffering & their ruthlessness. It is upsetting to read of Boxer being taken to the knacker & the reader makes the connection between the sale of Boxer & the pigs buying themselves another crate of whisky.

Squealer uses the death of Boxer to promote the cult of Napoleon & again the truth of what the animals see is repudiated by the pigs; they revise the evidence for their own ends.

Squealer came to announce the news to the others

. [1] He had, he said, been present during Boxer’s last hours.

[1] Squealer again tells the animals the ‘truth’.

`It was the most affecting sight I have ever seen!’ said Squealer, lifting his trotter and wiping away a tear. `I was at his bedside at the very last. And at the end, almost too weak to speak, he whispered in my ear that his sole sorrow was to have passed on before the windmill was finished. ‘Forward, comrades!’ he whispered. ‘

Forward in the name of the Rebellion. Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon! Napoleon is always right

.’ [2] Those were his very last words, comrades.’

[2] Boxer’s last words designed to keep the animals on task & in line.

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