What role does boxer play on the farm? Why does Napoleon seem to feel threatened by him?
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Boxer is naive. He is is loyal but rather simple minded. He works very hard and is always in complete support of Napoleon. Yet, the irony is that Napoleon is afraid of him. It isn't Boxer himself that Napoleon fears rather than what Boxer says. In his Naivety, he says things as he thinks them. Boxer is often confused by Napoleon’s reasons for doing things. He speaks when they enter his mind. Even though Boxer might be clueless, Napoleon is afraid other smarter animals might take notice. Also Boxer's incredible strength makes him a formidable enemy were he to be manipulated by other animals to fight Napoleon’s regime.