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Give an account of Boxer's end, including the circumstances that lead up to the event and the reaction of the pigs and the other animals.

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3. Give an account of Boxer's end, including the circumstances that lead up to the event and the reaction of the pigs and the other animals. The circumstances that led up to the death of Boxer, the selfless worker of Animal Farm, are made even sadder as we can see that Boxer was still so trusting of his killers, right until the very end, and when we see that Boxer never saw his death coming. It is also poignant as Boxer was intending to retire and he painted such a pretty picture of him being able to retire in peace and quiet, and improve his mind. That he was killed just to serve the pigs' own ends is even more tragic. Although Boxer was a wonderful labourer, being able to do the work of almost all the other animals, waking up earlier than most to start work, putting in his utmost effort and constantly inspiring the other animals to slog with him through his motto of "I will work harder". Boxer was also of great use to the pigs, specifically Napoleon, as an instrument of propaganda. ...read more.

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The pigs were immediately informed of the incident by the other animals while Clover and Benjamin remained with Boxer. Squealer soon appeared at the scene, full of pretentious sympathy and concern. He hypocritically claimed that Napoleon was extremely distressed by the incident. In truth, Napoleon was probably applauding the fact that such an opportunity had presented itself to him without him lifting a finger. Napoleon immediately took advantage of the situation by claiming that Boxer would be treated in a veterinary hospital in Willingdon. In actuality, he was arranging for Boxer to be slaughtered at the knacker's. Boxer, blissfully unaware of his fate, managed to struggle to his feet and return to his stall. The animals were not entirely supportive of leaving their loyal comrade in the hands of humans. However, Squealer managed to convince the animals that Boxer could be restored to health more effectively in the hospital rather than on the farm. For the next few days Boxer rested in his stall and took regular doses of a pink medicine, which was administered to him by Clover. Though Clover and Benjamin were both very concerned for Boxer they were only able to be with him after working hours. ...read more.

Conclusion

In all likelihood, the whiskey was bought with the money gotten from the sale of Boxer to the horse-slaughterer. Boxer's tragic end is laced with many ironies. His fixation with work and unquestioning loyalty to Napoleon were his own entire undoing. He had aspired to master the alphabet upon retirement; yet if he had channelled his focus on learning the alphabet much earlier, he would not have unknowing boarded the van with the words "Horse Slaughterer" clearly spelling his doom. He trusted his killers; and his killers profiteered from his demise - he was as useful to them in life as well as in death. The irony Benjamin's outburst is all the more pronounced, for if he had made his voice heard earlier, he would have gained more credibility. Instead, his nonchalance to other farm happenings made it easy for Squealer to negate his arguments and hence, the animals bought Squealer's story - hook, line and sinker. However, true to his apathetic nature, Benjamin did not try to convince the animals any further. Breaking his reticence failed to save his one true friend and as a result he became even more morose and taciturn than ever before. AF - literature essay Q3 1 ...read more.

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