Animal Farm-Character Analysis + Key Quotes
A farmer, symbolic of Tsar Nicholas II : an unpopular leader who was out of touch with his people.
"In past years, Mr Jones, although a hard master, had been a capable farmer, but of late he had fallen on evil days"(Chapter 2)
"without bothering to feed the animals" (Chapter 2)
"to wipe out the last traces of Jones's hated reign" (Chapter 2)
"Jones too was dead" (Chapter 10)
The farmer's wife, symbolic of Alexandria, Tsar's wife
"Mrs Jones looked out of the bedroom window, saw what was happening, hurriedly flung a few possessions into a carpet bag and slipped out of the farm" (Chapter 2)
A pig, symbolic of Karl Marx, a philosopher who came up with the initial ideas of communism, passing away before these ideas were put into action (like Old Major with animalism).
"Old Major was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say"(Chapter 1)
"a majestic-looking pig" (Chapter 1)
"i feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as i have acquired" (Chapter 1)
"remember that in fighting against man, we must not come to resemble him" (Chapter 1)
"all animals are equal" (Chapter 1)
A horse, Symbolic of the proletariat, representing the working class in the Russian revolution who were very loyal to their leader but were eventually betrayed (like Boxer was betrayed by Napoleon).
"an enormous beast" (Chapter 1)
"a somewhat stupid appearance" (Chapter 1)
"universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work" (Chapter 1)
"You, Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knacker" (said by Old Major, Chapter 1)
"he fetched the small straw hat which he wore in summer to keep the flies out of his ears, and flung it onto the fire with the rest" (Chapter 2)
"Boxer was the admiration of everybody" (Chapter 3)
"There were days where the entire work of the farm seemed to rest upon his mighty shoulders" (Chapter 3)
"'i have no wish to take a life, not even a human life' repeated Boxer, and his eyes were full of tears" (Chapter 4)
"His two slogans, 'i will work harder' and 'Napoleon is always right', seemed to him a sufficient answer to all problems" (Chapter 6)
"his eyes were glazed, his sides matted with sweat. A thin stream of blood had trickled out of his mouth" (Chapter 9)
"They are taking Boxer to the knacker's!" (said by Benjamin, Chapter 9)
"Boxer was forgotten, except by the few who had known him." (Chapter 10)
A horse, symbolic of the working class women,a good friend of Boxer's.
"a stout motherly mare" (Chapter 1)
"Only Boxer and Clover never lost heart" (Chapter 7)
"As Clover looked down the hillside her eyes filled with tears. If…