Animal Farm 1.12: Bye Bye, Boxer
|Dsytopian Literature||Animal Farm|
That’s how it happened in the Russian Revolution, too. The proletariat suffered and died in
the millions. It was time to receive some benefits.
…Uh, yeah right. [People approach Stalin's house]
Things just kept getting worse for the animals - and the proletariat - while the ruling class
got plump and rich… and a little tipsy.
Boxer, our symbol for the loyal, self-sacrificing, and not-too-bright proletariat, was betrayed [Boxer sitting outside a barn]
in the most cruel and uncaring way.
He was naïve and got manipulated. The proletariat were victims of their own blind loyalty. [Van drives by and Boxer disappears]
After the rulers squeezed every drop of work out of them…
…they were discarded like sunflower seed shells. [Napoleon throws a chicken]
Boxer’s death is the ultimate symbol of a parade of bad stuff, both at the farm and
in the Russian Revolution. [People approach Boxer's grave]
That parade includes:
* The total failure of the revolutions to give their people and animals a life of equality
and rewards for their sacrifices
* Betrayal of the ideals and the dreams of the proletariat and a mountain of broken promises
* The blatant use of lies and deceit to control and manipulate the population [Squealer giving a speech]
* The lack of any compassion by the rulers for their followers, counting their worth
in money instead of humanity..
* The power of the intelligent and educated over the less intelligent and uneducated
And yet the proletariat didn’t even realize they were being abused because of the power
Like we’ve said before, Squealer and Stalin’s propaganda machine were masters at convincing [Paintings of stalin and squealer]
the animals and the proletariat that their leaders were saintly and compassionate.
Besides, animal farm had real elections. [Chicken and sheep running to vote]
The winners must be truly beloved because the votes were unanimous.
Of course, Napoleon was the only candidate at Animal Farm… [Animal ticks Napoleon on a form]
…and all of Stalin’s challengers were imprisoned or disappeared.
But, heck, it saved the voters from the agony of choosing.
And, the cherry on top? [Cherry lands on ice cream]
Spontaneous demonstrations. …Hooray.
The irony isn’t lost on us: How can a demonstration be spontaneous if it’s mandated and regular?
These demonstrations were designed to keep the proletariat herd swallowing the rulers’ [Man asking for refill of rubbish]
line of rubbish.
Kind of a do or die choice.
But look on the bright side.
If any of the proletariat chose “die” over “do,” they were off to a better life [Proletariat people dressed as angels]
in Sugarcandy Mountain. Really. Just ask Moses.