• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparison of the two characters Boxer and Napoleon in George Orwell's Animal Farm

Extracts from this document...


Comparison of the two characters Boxer and Napoleon in George Orwell's Animal Farm Animal Farm is often described as a satire on political power. George Orwell uses the animal characters to represent different historical figures and ideas. George Orwell's novel is a satire of the Russian revolution and of communism in general. He does this through his portrayal of his characters, which is generally done in a negative way. For example, the public are seen as sheep and the revolution leaders as pigs. The novel is particularly a warning about the ways that power can be abused by individuals. ...read more.


Napoleon's character gradually changes for the worst as his power over the animals increases. At the start of the novel Napoleon is simply one of several pigs but by the end of the novel Napoleon has turned events to his own advantage and become the most dominant animal on the farm. For example, in Chapter 2, Napoleon appears to be the silent character who does not seem to have the plans and ideals that Snowball does. However, his silence hides a devious side to his nature and we see him taking charge of the milk which he later uses for the sole use of the pigs, tricking the other animals by saying that this is ...read more.


Boxer is an enormously strong horse whose work on the farm is essential for its survival. Through Boxer Orwell shows however, that when a worker works blindly for a society without critical thinking he contributes not only to his own exploitation, but also to the exploitation of other members of that society. Orwell is saying that when Mr and Mrs Average do not think for themselves and place their trust blindly in the decisions of people who they think are their natural superiors they are acting irresponsibly. In summary, George Orwell uses the characters of Napoleon and Boxer in order to make his own critical statement about the abuse of power in authority ?? ?? ?? ?? Anthony Carter GCSE Coursework 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Animal Farm section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Animal Farm essays

  1. Analysis of the role of Boxer in Animal Farm

    The allegory is that Stalin was no different to the Tsar before him. Nothing had changed; he was still using the people to serve his own purposes. We see that Old Major's warnings are to come to pass. The irony is that when Boxer was alive, he believed that he

  2. Compare and contrast the themes of revolution in Animal Farm by George Orwell and ...

    The pigs actually did no work on the farm. Boxer was the strong horse who worked exceptionally hard o the farm and his motto was "I will work harder". Boxer worked harder when Jones was around. Jones and his men try to recapture the farm but they are defeated by the animals who were led by Snowball and Napoleon.

  1. Animal Farm character assessment - Boxer.

    It also gives us proof of how simple-minded Boxer is because "Boxer could not get beyond the letter D." As Boxer is limiting his mind to the slogan "I will work harder" and the slogan which will come later on "Napoleon is always right", it makes Napoleon use Boxer as

  2. The main elements of Napoleon's character.

    It is this, which indirectly starts the Rebellion. Along with his men, Jones proves a coward who quickly runs away when the fight turns against him. He does so without a second thought for the welfare of his wife. His initial reaction to the loss of his farm is simply to drink more and complain about the "monstrous injustice".

  1. Animal Farm Critical - George Orwell has written his novel 'Animal Farm' on three ...

    He takes credit for everything, including the idea for the major project of the windmill that Snowball came up with: "The windmill was to be named Napoleon Windmill." This angers the reader and turns them against Napoleon even more, and it shows just how powerful he has become.

  2. 'Jane Eyre and Animal Farm' - Abuse of power.

    purely from the ideas he has been indoctrinated with from Mrs Reed and the rest of society. This is confirmed when John Reed says; ' You are a dependant; mama says...' And even though it never states in the book that Mrs Reed has ever actually physically abused Jane, she

  1. Animal Farm Media Coursework

    Squealer are all shown up in a much brighter light and colour. For the real life film, the camera starts off by zooming out to catch all of the animals in one shot. Mr Jones is shown always in silhouette.

  2. Animal Farm By George Orwell - summary

    An intresting thing about this book is that animals are given human characteristics and are described like they are human beings, this helps you see the animals no longer as animals but more like oppressed people in a communist country which is being oppressed by an evil dictator and every animal reperents a different type of person.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work