Which 3 characters in Animal Farm are able to evoke feelings in the reader? 

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Napoleon,  Boxer, and Snowball are all capable of evoking feelings in the reader.  Napoleon is the leader who carries on Major’s ideas after his death.  Although he posts the Seven Commandments that initially suggest all animals will be equal, he immediately begins to make some animals more equal than others by taking the milk and giving it only to the pigs.  “Never mind the milk, comrades!”  cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets. “That will be attended to.” (Chapter 2) As the novel continues, he takes more and more rights from the animals, giving those rights to the pigs.   The reader, in turn, becomes more resentful of him as time goes on because he acts like the farmer they drove away.  “Even in the farmhouse, it was said, Napoleon occupied separate quarters from the others” (Chapter 8).  At the end of the novel, he is wearing clothes and walking upright.

Boxer evokes strong feelings of sympathy in the reader.  Boxer, the strong workhorse on the farm, never complains about his lot in life.  He adopts the phrase, “If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right.”  (Chapter 5).  When things go wrong, he just says he will work harder.  He eventually works so hard that he works himself to death and is sent to the glue factory by Napoleon. “They are taking Boxer to the knacker’s!”  (Chapter 9).  The horse who believed so strongly in Napoleon has been thrown away like garbage.

Snowball is the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong on the farm.  As readers, we resent Napoleon and Squealer for placing the blame where it does not belong.  During the election, Snowball speaks passionately about the building of the windmill, only to be chased off the property by the dogs.  The same evening, Squealer is sent to tell the animals that the windmill would indeed be built.  “That evening Squealer explained to the other animals that Napoleon had never in reality been opposed to the windmill.” (Chapter 6).  Snowball, from then on, takes the blame for everything that goes wrong on the farm.

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