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    • boxer
      • naive proletariat who's naivety and unyielding loyalty to a corrupt autocracy becomes his hamartia.
        • 'there were times when the entire work of the farm seemed to rest on his mighty shoulders
          • similarly critiquing the unjust hierarchical society, defeating the entire point of animalism. clearly, some animals are not as equal as others
        • maxims: 'i will work harder' and 'napoleon is always right'
          • also illustrates how the proletariat were blindly loyal to their corrupt leaders, unaware of their exploitation
        • 'his great sides, matted with sweat, filled everyone with admiration'
          • reflects how the animals feel inspired by boxer's driven and hard working nature. perhaps a thinly veiled critique of how the work was distributed disproportionately between the proletariats
        • 'without trouble, pins one of the dogs to the ground and then looks at Napoleon to know whether he should crush the dog or let it go'
          • the dramatic irony highlights boxer's naivety, contextually depicting how the proletariats were oblivious to their mistreatment
        • 'a chorused goodbye'
          • illustrates the innocence and obliviousness of the other animals when boxer is taken to the knackers. once again, they sense a problem, but lack the ability to comprehend that napoleon is the root of the issue
        • 'tried to marshal his thoughts; but in the end he could not think of anything to say.'
          • napoleon took advantage of the animals lack of education. readers understand that the animals sense there is a problem, but do not have the ability to 'excercise their facilities' and stand up to their corrupt leader
    • mollie
      • representative of the privileged bourgeois and those who weren't interested in the 'greater good' of the revolution. They just cared about themselves and fled the country, ignoring  the horrors they were deserting
        • 'And shall I still be allowed to wear ribbons in my mane?'
          • shallow materialist who is ignorant to the animals suffering. her only concerns about the revolution are ones prompted by her vanity and ego.
          • 'those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery' symbolic of how the aristocrats didn't feel the need to understand the importance of the revolution.
        • ''The stupidest questions of all were asked by Mollie, the white mare
        • The very first question she asked Snowball was: 'Will there still be sugar after the Rebellion?
        • ''Mollie refused to learn any but the six letters which spelt her own name
          • the only contributions that she makes to the revolution, are those that benefit her.
        • 'she was late for work every morning and excused herself by saying she had overslept'
          • she goes out of her way to avoid contributing to the effort, as it disturbed her regular regimen.
        • 'she would stand foolishly gazing at her own reflection in the water'
          • places more significance on her appearance and image  than anything else. taking every opportunity to look after her own needs.


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