Wants And Needs In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Animal Farm CARTT Everyone has needs and wants. As power and greed come into play, people put their wants over the needs of others. They are so blinded by their desires that they fail to recognize if others’ necessities are met. In the novella Animal Farm, by George Orwell the more powerful and educated pigs take advantage of the inferior, weaker animals on the farm; overworking and manipulating them. As the Animal Farm rebellion grows more successful, the pigs and especially Napoleon, who takes the role of leader, begins to realize that he could exploit the rest of the animals for the pigs’ wants. The pigs first believed in equality for all animals, as the book progresses, they become more selfish. They now think of the others as lesser than…show more content…
Most of the labour on the first two windmills were done by Boxer. In fact, he was the reason Animal Farm had finished the construction in such a short time period. In addition, Boxer had done all of this with reduced rations. It is repeatedly mentioned that Boxer would wake up earlier than the rest of the animals and had even started working daily. On the other hand, the pigs and the dogs rewarded themselves with more rations yet, they did none of the labour and just supervised. Although Boxer does not see it for himself, he allows himself to get ordered around. Secondly, Boxer continues to work even with a split hoof. “Boxer’s split hoof was a long time in healing...Boxer refused to take even a day off work, and made it a point of honour not to let it be seen that he was in pain” (33.) Only Clover and Benjamin, Boxer’s closest friends knew about his injury as he didn’t want the other animals to think that he had gotten weak. Boxer’s mottos “Napoleon is always right” and “I will work harder” proves his dedication to the farm. He does not want to disappoint the animals, primarily Napoleon. Finally, as the story comes to an end, Boxer gets sold by the pigs. A van from the knackers comes to take Boxer away two days after his lung collapses. This goes to show how as soon as Boxer was of no use to the pigs, he gets sold, again for their benefit. They showed no sympathy for him, despite Boxer’s blind loyalty and him being the best worker of the farm. Reduced rations, working with an injury and ultimately dying in the end demonstrates the conditions Boxer had to go through just because of the simple reason of not standing up for himself. Boxer lets his pride takeover, leading him to disregard his own well-being. Boxer’s journey through out the story shows how if one does not stand up for oneself, others will exploit them and use them for beneficial
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