What is the allegorical significance of Clover in Animal Farm?

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Clover, along with Boxer, is one of the Revolution's most important figures in terms of her strength and her willingness to try and encourage others to work. Interestingly she often wonders about the changes that are ushered in by the pigs but seems to be unable to understand their full import and when she tries to make others aware of them she is nearly always unable to express her concerns fully. Sadly, it is she that makes Boxer aware of what is really happening to him as she pushes to the front of the animals that crowd around the van that is taking him away to be killed:

"Boxer!" cried Clover in a terrible voice. "Boxer! Get out! Get out quickly! They are taking you to your death!"

Clover's allegorical significance in the novel is very similar to that of Boxer's significance. Both represent the proletariat and their strength, but also the way in which they seem to be unable to understand that they are being exploited because they are not able to piece together the evidence because of their own apathy, laziness or stupidity.

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