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What two mottos does Boxer adopt? What do they mean?

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itssgordon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 8:03 AM via web

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What two mottos does Boxer adopt? What do they mean?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 8:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Boxer has two mottoes.  They are "Napoleon is always right" and "I must work harder."  Both of these mottoes show Boxer's role in this story.

In this story, Boxer's role is like that of the ignorant working class in Russia.  He is blindly in favor of what Napoleon (Stalin) is doing.  He feels that if he would only work harder, everything would be okay.

This shows that he has really bought in to the propaganda that Squealer and Napoleon are putting out.  He has bought into the idea that Napoleon is perfect and that the animals should work their hardest to do what Napoleon tells them.

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