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Posted 13 October 2005 - 04:26 PM

I am really stuck on notes for Boxer the horse. Anyone out there who has studied this text with reference to boxer. We are ment to look at Boxer as a good animal and show how niave he is towards the pigs.

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 06:34 PM

The name Boxer is cleverly used by Orwell as a metaphor for the Boxer Rebellion in China in the early twentieth century. It was this rebellion which signaled the beginning of communism in red China. This communism, much like the distorted Stalin view of socialism, is still present today in the oppressive social government in China. Boxer and Clover are used by Orwell to represent the proletariat, or unskilled labor class in Russian society. This lower class is naturally drawn to Stalin (Napoleon) because it seems as though they will benefit most from his new system. Since Boxer and the other low animals are not accustomed to the "good life," they can't really compare Napoleon's government to the life they had before under the czars (Jones). Also, since usually the lowest class has the lowest intelligence, it is not difficult to persuade them into thinking they are getting a good deal.
The proletariat is also quite good at convincing each other that communism is a good idea. Orwell supports this contention when he narrates, "Their most faithful disciples were the two carthorses, Boxer and Clover. Those two had great difficulty in thinking anything out for themselves, but having once accepted the pigs as their teachers, they absorbed everything that they were told, and passed it on to the other animals by simple arguments."
Later, the importance of the proletariat is shown when Boxer suddenly falls and there is suddenly a drastic decrease in work productivity. But still he is taken for granted by the pigs, who send him away in a glue truck. Truly Boxer is the biggest poster-child for gullibility.

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 06:39 PM

Yes he's right. Where did you get the idea Animal Farm was a fairy tale?
Its not at all really. Its about the russian revoultion.Try entering George Orwell- Animal Farm Boxer into a search engine then you get the following results....
http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/animalfarm/

On that website it tells you that the book is about the russian revolution and gives a brief overview of the main themes.
Then it says:
Boxer -A carthorse. Enormously strong, most of the ambitious building projects undertaken on Animal Farm depend on his physical strength and his unquestioning dedication to the rebellion. Dull-witted, he is easily manipulated by the more intelligent animals.

Further links are:
http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/index.cgi/work/s...ries/animf.html
http://www.his.com/~phe/farm.html
www.kirjasto.sci.fi/gorwell.htm
www.bookrags.com/notes/af/SUM.htm

Most provide essay links.
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Posted 14 October 2005 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE(Discogirl17 @ Oct 14 2005, 06:39 PM)
Yes he's right. Where did you get the idea Animal Farm was a fairy tale?
Its not at all really. Its about the russian revoultion.Try entering George Orwell-


on some animal farm novels it has Animal Farm: A Fairy Tale on the cover

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 10:50 AM

That doesnt mean it actually is a fairtale. Theres a hint of sarcasm in that title.
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE(Discogirl17 @ Oct 19 2005, 10:50 AM)
That doesnt mean it actually is a fairtale. Theres a hint of sarcasm in that title.

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well done but i think the topic author simply put it in the title as thtats what it says on her book
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:15 PM

Well done. Don't try to be smart with me. I sense an insult in the tone of your sentence there. I suggest you don't anger me. Stop posting pointless posts. The point is she knows its not a fairytale, we all now know that. Okay?
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