What does the death of Boxer symbolize in Animal Farm?

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It was a remarkable stroke of inspiration, unlike anything in his previous writing, that led George Orwell to use the beast fable, the form of the Victorian fairy tale, for his political allegory. One of the reasons Animal Farm is so successful is that, with a few minor changes, it seems so close to the type of work the Soviet regime itself might have produced as propaganda. The Russian leaders would certainly not have depicted themselves as pigs, but they would have represented the Russian peasant and proletarian as huge, reliable cart-horses, liberated from the serfdom of pulling carts for the bourgeoisie, devoting themselves body and soul to the Revolution.

Boxer is not only the truest believer in the Revolution. He is the one it is all supposed to be about: the symbol of the worker and the worker's noble idealism about the purity of the Revolution. Of course, the whole story of Animal Farm, even before the expulsion of Snowball , is the story of the Revolution becoming corrupt, but most of...

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