In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Boxer is told to expect medical treatment and then a relaxing retirement in a corner of the pig’s meadow after he hurts himself. This is in sharp contrast to what he is told at the very beginning of the book, when Old Major first reveals his dream to the animals and describes the deplorable way they are treated by humans. Major says,
You, Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the foxhounds.
However, after the animals revolt and take over the farm, Boxer—and the other—are promised the retirement they never had when humans ran the farm. They pledge to treat one another...
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