Examine why you think that Orwell chose to call Boxer and Clover the "most faithful disciples."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Orwell's choice of language is significant in his description of Boxer and Clover.  They demonstrate themselves to be the most faithful in the promises and possibilities to the Revolution.  They never think of their own self or the selfishness of others.  Instead, both approach the Revolution with a sense of hope and optimism that is almost blind in its view.  For Orwell, both Boxer and Orwell represent the revolution's "most faithful disciple" primarily because they never question any of its teachings.  When Boxer hears Snowball talking of how clothes are remnants of humans and should be shed, he throws the hat on his head meant to kept the flies and sun out on the fire.  After seeing Napoloeon's bloodbath to consolidate his own power, Clover still believes that the revolution is still being practiced and that it is still alive.  The reality is that both horses do not question what is happening around them because of their zeal and faith in the promises and possibilities of the revolution.  Even though Boxer is the strongest horse, he never questions what is happening in the name of the Revolution.  Even though Clover has earned the love and trust of the animals on the farm, she never questions the execution of political life after the Revolution.  It is in this lack of questioning and willingness to accept anything in its name that Orwell chooses to call both the most faithful disciples of the revolution.  This helps to convey their sense of trust, but also in how easy it was to manipulate individuals like them by those in the position of power.

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