he reveals the painful truth about the ever present quality of frailty and treachery amongst the human race .societal structures, and individual values through the symbolic characters, events, and even the inner thought of the reader as they analyze the ever evolving complexity that is Animal farm....
Because Animal Farm is a political allegory, with each character acting as a person or persona of Revolutionary Russia, Boxer must exemplify one himself.
Boxer's death doesn't exactly cheer up the old donkey. In fact, he's "more morose and taciturn than ever" (10.2). When the other animals want to know whether things were better before or after the rebellion, he replies with a characteristically cynical answer, "things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse—hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life" (10.6). Does Benjamin blame himself? Does he think that if he'd spoken up sooner, none of this would have happened?
WHAT IS THE QUESTION ACTUALLY ASKING US?
Assuming you have 45 minutes to answer the question
- You should give yourself about five minutes at each end to plan and check your essay
- And 35 minutes in the middle for writing your essay.
"How does Orwell use Boxer and Clover to strengthen his message in Animal Farm?"
What do we remember about Boxer and Clover?
What was Orwell's message in Animal Farm?
How do they link?
How close were you?
- The characters of Boxer and Clover give historical context to the story
- The power of language as a way of possessing power in the story
- Demonstrations of Boxer's loyalty
- The pathos of Boxer's death
- The horror of Boxer's death
- The steadiness of the character of Clover
-The idea of allegory
In Animal Farm Orwell does not actually condemn Socialism (and its key concept of equality), but the abuse of the ideal, as in Soviet Russia.
Boxer and Clover represent some of the ordinary Russian people, strong in their way and therefore necessary to the country - "there were days when the entire work of the farm seemed to rest upon his mighty shoulders" - but it easy for them to be repressed by those in power.
One of the things that comes across very clearly in Animal Farm is the power of language.
Katie Goering Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is an allegory that satirizes the change and difficulties in politics, leadership and human nature that arise during the period of time before and after a revolution....
Benjamin is "the oldest animal on the farm and the worst tempered. He seldom talked, and when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark" (1.3). (Think Eeyore, but smarter.)
Despite his nasty temper, Benjamin knows what's up. After the rebellion, the other animals want to know what Benjamin thinks of the new organization of Animal Farm. The only thing that he'll say is, "Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey" (3.4). Later, he rolls his eyes about everyone's windmill enthusiasm. Why? Again, because "donkeys live a long time" (6.17). You could say that Benjamin has long-term vision: unlike anyone else, he remembers the past and thinks about the future, so he doesn't bother getting worked up over what he sees as passing phases or fads.
It retells of the emergence and development of Soviet communism in a fable form; ‘Animal Farm’ allegorizes the rise of power of the dictator, Joseph Stalin and the revolution started by the people of Russia, which, in the end, destroyed and betrayed the people of Russia....
The superiority that language brings is seen particularly through Squealer's propaganda and the way Snowball can deal with a contentious issue: for instance, he can explain why birds' wings are effectively legs and that it is the hand that is responsible for humanity's wrongdoing.
Finally, though, there is a hint that there may be another rebellion, as Clover is at the forefront of the animals gathered round the farmhouse as they realise that the pigs are now just as bad as the men.
Orwell uses the idea of an allegory to get his political message across.
Boxer and Clover are very strong representative figures in that allegory.
1) A clear statement about what the message is, immediately addressing the question.
2) Relevant use of quotation - not overlong.
3) Lots of detail supported by close analysis, to establish this complex point.
4) Exploration of the role of characterisation in the novel - here in relation to Boxer.
5) Use of appropriate technical terminology, but discussed, not just identified.
"Sir, I'll never be able to do that."
- Without practice, you're right -- that's how you study for English, PRACTICE
- This means reviewing texts and writing about it
- If you don't practice, doing well on your exam will be almost impossible
In what way does Orwell powerfully depict the relationship between the pigs and the other animals in this extract?
Snowball and Napoleon campaign against each other for power, make declarations ensuring a better future for Animal Farm, and bestow advantages upon themselves which the other animals do not have.
Although he is a leader, Boxer is an exception to the usage of these leadership tactics since he is under the control of either Napoleon or Snowball, which limits the amount of control he has over the animals.