Boxer And Parsons By George Orwell Essay

1288 Words Feb 10th, 2016 6 Pages
On the most basic level, Boxer and Parsons appear to be nearly identical characters. Even though the reader can recognize that the governments in each novel are horrendous and abusive dictatorships, neither Boxer nor Parsons realize how severe his personal situation truly is because they are both so loyal, trusting, and unquestioning. Boxer is described as being one of Animal Farm’s two “most faithful disciples” (Animal Farm 18), though he is not considered to be intelligent by any means. When the other characters question Napoleon and Squealer’s actions, Boxer will cheerfully claim that “Napoleon is always right” (Animal Farm 56), whether the issue is over removing any remaining trace of democracy from the farm or over working even harder during a winter already hardened by a shortage of food. This character simply desires to do his best to improve his home and to help his friends survive without the farmer; his only fault lies in the fact that he is not bright enough to realize how horribly the pigs have been treating him and the other animals. Likewise, Tom Parsons of 1984 is depicted as “completely unquestioning” and “devoted” (1984 22) to Big Brother and the Inner Party. When the chocolate rations are supposedly increased to twenty grams per week, Parsons “swallowed it easily, with the stupidity of an animal” (1984 58). Instead of using critical thought to challenge that announcement, he, like many other Outer Party members, just accepts everything the Inner Party…

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