Where is Boxer buried after his death in Animal Farm?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the saddest parts of the novel is the fate of Boxer. He was sold to the "knacker" A knacker is a person who kills the animals and then cuts up the body for its meat, meat by-products, and skin or hides. In the cases of horses, part of their remains used to be used for making glue. So Boxer is not buried; his body is cut up for its parts and the pigs are given money for the products that can be sold to make other things. That is why a few days after Napoleon disappears, a truck arrives with a shipment of whiskey. That is the price the knacker paid for Napoleon. However, the animals are obviously upset and Squealer lies to them by telling the animals that a wreath of laurels was sent to be placed on Boxer's grave

lit24 | Student

In Ch.9 Boxer the hard working and uncomplaining cart-horse - "refused to take even a day off work, and made it a point of
"Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willingdon. Dealer in Hides and Bone-Meal. Kennels Supplied." After he is slaughtered his body parts are quickly disposed off. He is not given any sort of burial.
"Three days later it was announced that he had died in the hospital at Willingdon, in spite of receiving every attention a horse could have. Squealer came to announce the news to the others. He had, he said, been present during Boxer's last hours."

Squealer lies to the other animals that Boxer died a heroic death in spite of the best treatment given to him. Further,  Napoleon lies to the animals by remarking, "It had not been