How did Boxer's ideas and feelings about work change over the course of the book Animal Farm?

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Boxer continues to support Napoleon and want to work harder, right up until the end.

Boxer is a well-respected and hard-working farm horse.  He is one of the cart horses, and is friends with the grumpy donkey Benjamin.

Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together. [In] fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work. (ch 1)

Boxer is described as one of the pigs’ greatest disciples from the beginning.  He and Clover “absorbed everything that they were told, and passed it on to the other animals by simple arguments” (ch 2).  Boxer is “the admiration of everybody” because he is such a hard worker. 

Boxer always has good spirits.  He believes in the cause of Animalism, and works as hard as he can work.  He is a role model to other animals.  He is a good soul. When he accidentally kills a man in the battle, he feels bad.  He had no intention of taking a life.  Still, he is awarded the medal of `Animal Hero, First Class.'

Boxer believes that Napoleon is always right, and his personal motto is, “I will work harder.”  No matter what the challenge, he is never daunted.  Boxer never loses faith, right up until Napoleon sells him to the glue factory.

Boxer represents the Everyman, the hard worker who is not too bright but full of faith and effort.  No matter what the pigs wanted, Boxer delivered.  Yet they still betrayed him in the end.