2. Discuss Boxer. What role does
he play on the farm? Why does Napoleon seem to feel threatened by
him? In what ways might one view the betrayal of Boxer as an alternative
climax of the novel (if we consider Napoleon’s banishment of Snowball
and the pigs’ initial consolidation of power as the true climax)?
3. Do you think Animal
Farm’s message would come across effectively to someone
who knows nothing about Soviet history or the conflict between Stalin
and Trotsky? What might such a reader make of the story?
4. Of all of the characters in Animal
Farm, are there any who seem to represent the point of
view of the author? Which of the animals or people do you think
come(s) closest to achieving Orwell’s perspective on Animal