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How can the reader defend one character's action in the Animal Farm with an instance?

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Posted June 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM via web

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How can the reader defend one character's action in the Animal Farm with an instance?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:37 AM (Answer #1)

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A cart-horse on the farm, Boxer is a loyal follower who believes that whatever is told to him is right. In fact, he has a slogan that he repeats after Snowball is run off, "Napoleon is always right."

During the construction of the windmill, Boxer's work ethic is admirable as he always "strains himself against the rope" and brings boulders to a stop if they begin to roll backward.

To see him toiling up the slope inch by inch, his breath coming fast, the tips of his hoofs clawing at the ground, and his great sides matted with sweat, filled everyone with admiration. 

Even in his spare time, Boxer goes to the quarry and collects loads of stone, dragging them to the construction site. Unfortunately, he ignores Clover's warnings to not overstrain himself, and his human trait of placing his faith in Napoleon's propaganda lead to his end. Nevertheless, his belief in the rewards of hard work is worthy.

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