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Representation of the Past With Examples of the Present

Boxer, Moses, and Muriel were very important and symbolic characters in Animal Farm, an insightful novel written by George Orwell. George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, the son of a colonial official in British India. Blair was a very well educated boy that sometimes felt miserable because of the economic status that divided him and most of his friends. He wrote Animal Farm which is a novel about some revolting animals that each symbolizes an important political figure of the Russian revolution. Boxer was a horse that symbolized the uneducated working class at that time because he would just agree with Napoleon, or the government. Boxer followed all the laws and did all his duties correctly. Moses was a raven that represented the clergy during the Russian Revolution. He was always teaching the people about this mysterious land named Sugar Candy Mountain. It was a place of happiness where you would go after you died. Muriel was another important character who represented the educated working class. She was one of the few animals that could read and actually understood what the government would propose to animal farm. The educated, the uneducated, and the powerful were all part of a society in which too much success and conflict led to failure.
Failure is what Boxer fights against. He shows this in his motto where he says, "I will work harder" and "Napoleon is always right" (75). In this passage Boxer states that he will work harder for his country and that Napoleon, or the government is always right. It also makes the reader realize that he is uneducated and represents the uneducated working class. This uneducated working class would work too much and earn too little and wouldn't oppose the government like in this quote when he says, "If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right." (70). Even though Boxer would follow all the government's orders, Napoleon used him and later sends him …

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