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Are there any examples to show that Boxer is loyal to Napoleon?

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sujuloves13 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM via web

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Are there any examples to show that Boxer is loyal to Napoleon?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 25, 2011 at 6:40 PM (Answer #1)

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Consider Boxer's two mantras for being as examples of his loyalty.  When he says, "I must work harder" and "Napoleon is always right," it is representative of his loyalty towards Napoleon.  It is also indicative of how committed Boxer is to the ideas of Animalism, tenets that Napoelon claims to embrace.  Boxer is not afraid of demonstrating his loyalty towards Napoleon's leadership in his working on the windmill more than any other animals.  When he gets the rooster to wake him up before all other animals, Boxer reflects his sense of devotion to Napoleon's rule and the wishes of his leader.  Boxer is loyal to Napoleon in the most honest of ways.  There is no duplicity or ulterior motives in why he works as hard as he does.  Rather, he is committed to the idea that whatever "Comrade Napoleon" decides is for the best.  It is for this trust in Napoleon that Boxer never ends up learning how to read beyond the first four letters of the alphabet.  He believes in Napoleon in such an intense manner that if Napoleon knows how to read and write, it is enough for Boxer.  The old cart- house never quite understands how Napoleon only needs him for his physical service, such as defense of the farm or for the building of the windmill.  When Boxer's lung collapses and is dying, he believes that Napoleon will look out for his own best interests, telling Clover that he looks forward to learning how to read and spending time with Benjamin.  Boxer does not realize that Napoleon has made plans to dispose of Boxer, something that ends up demonstrating how Boxer's trust and loyalty towards Napoleon is something that ends up destroying him in the end.

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