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How does George Orwell create sympathy for Boxer in Animal Farm.

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Orwell evokes sympathy from the audience for Boxer using a variety of successful methods. Firstly, he does this by the presentation of his intellect, and also by the characterisation of his personality and attributes. The Author additionally uses the way Boxer is treated, as well as with the setting, and the contrast with other animals, to make the reader empathise with the situation he is in. Finally he uses Boxer's lack of self-knowledge along with his death to show his naivety towards believing in an altruistic existence. The author creates sympathy for Boxer by the fact that he is not very clever, and is quickly taken advantage of by the pigs because of his trustworthy nature. This is show by Boxer's personal mantra, "I will work harder," which indicates that he believes in animalism and that there is something better than Jones and is prepared to work ...read more.

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The quotes, " Three days later the pigs announced that he had died in the hospital at Willingdon," and, "It had not been possible, to bring back their lamented comrade's remains for interment..." show that the pigs took advantage of his trusting nature right to the end. It also shows that although Boxer had always worked harder than he could, and had followed everything Napoleon had said, as soon as there was no danger of him overthrowing them, he was got rid of. Not only that but he was even sold, so the pigs could buy another case of whiskey. This spreads a feeling of sympathy because it again lets us see how Boxer and the other animals were manipulated into believing that Napoleon and the pigs were helping them towards animalism and a better life. ...read more.

Conclusion

If he was cleverer and not as believing in his leader he could have worked out what Napoleon was doing, and he could have stopped it and overthrown Napoleon and the pigs. This is an allegory of the Zealous people being able to overthrow Stalin and the royal guards if they realised communism had been corrupted. I think Orwell created sympathy for Boxer to get across to the readers how he felt about the way the Zealous people of Russia were treated by the Stalin and the guards. I think George Orwell thought Communism was good as an ideal for running a country, but that it would always struggle to work, as within egalitarian principles, leaders emerge, assuming ever-greater powers. This leads to corruption, and little better or worse that the previous system, only 'dressed differently.' He also tries to get across the sympathy for the death of Boxer, equals the Sympathy for the last chance of Communism, which is when the Zealous people were killed. ...read more.

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