Theme Of Betrayal In Animal Farm

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm first published in England on the 17th of August 1945. It reflects the events leading up to the Russian revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell created a figure who represented the Russian peasants and common working class, known as Boxer. The working class had been betrayed by the Stalinists, similar to Boxer who had also been betrayed by the other animals on the farm.

The ultimate betrayal of the ideals of Animalism was demonstrated by the pig’s continual betrayal of the principles of the rebellion. This betrayal is evident, Napoleon never intended that old animals should be retired at all. Napoleon believed that if they were fed without doing any work, they were a burden to the farm
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It is defined by the seven commandments that preach about equality between animals. Boxers belief and contribution for the rebellion started from the very beginning and ended with his dream of a perfect utopia to his death. He had collapsed due to starvation and work overload, which resulted in him having a great injury. At the cowshed, Boxer proves his loyalty and how he is a valuable soldier, by knocking a stable boy unconscious with his mighty hoof in chapter 4. The difference between Boxer and the pigs is that Boxer was not bloodthirsty and was feeling great remorse when he realises he had killed the stable boy, while the pigs did not care about the condition of the boy. Boxer’s mottos such as “I will work harder” reveals his devotion to the animals cause and his desire to make animal farm better than it was. Boxer's other motto “Napoleon is always right” reveals his childlike dependence on an all-knowing leader, in this situation, Napoleon. Even when he collapses after working himself to death over the rebuilding of the windmill on the farm, his first instinct and thought were not about him but about the work and the farm. “It’s my lungs…it does not matter. I think you will be able to finish the windmill without me.” Page 113 chapter 9. Boxers hopes of retiring with Benjamin after the collapse displays the extent of his innocence, since as the reader knows Napoleon has no intention of providing for an old, no-working …show more content…
This doesn’t follow the commandments “all animals are equal" and “no animal shall kill another animal”. Boxer had no idea about his soon to be fate. The pigs were in contact with humans, they had to contact the knackers to come collect Boxer and get rid of him, for the exchange of money. He now was useless to the farm. This breaks the commandment “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.” The saying that is said throughout the storyline “two legs bad, four legs good!” Which is also broken and gets changed later to “four legs good, two legs better!”

These are the 7 commandments, before and after they were changed to suit the pig’s new lifestyle ways.

o What goes upon two legs is an enemy – Two legs better than four o Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend - The pigs ending up thinking any animals who walk on four legs or has wings is inferior. o No animal shall wear clothes - The pigs all ending up wearing clothes o No animal shall sleep in a bed – No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets o No animal shall drink alcohol – No animal shall drink alcohol to excess o No animal shall kill any other animal – No animal shall kill any other animal without cause o All animals are equal – All animals are equal, but some are more equal than

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