Animal Farm

Clover Character Analysis

A gentle, motherly, and powerful carthorse. She supports the revolution, as she naturally takes it upon herself to protect those weaker than she is, and she recognizes this kind of communal spirit echoed in the Seven Commandments. When Animal Farm begins to descend into a totalitarian state under Napoleon, however, Clover becomes dismayed—but she doesn’t have the will, personality, or education to resist the pigs. Clover never becomes fully literate and only learns the alphabet, and so she’s unable to detect changes to the Seven Commandments and buys into everything the pigs say. In this sense, she becomes a witness to the corruption, though she only vaguely understands that something went wrong—but still believes that the totalitarian state she finds herself living in must be better than life under Mr. Jones. Clover symbolizes the female working class and peasants of the Soviet Union.

Clover Quotes in Animal Farm

The Animal Farm quotes below are all either spoken by Clover or refer to Clover. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet Classics edition of Animal Farm published in 1996.
Chapter 7 Quotes

If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak [...] Instead - she did not know why - they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.

Related Characters: Napoleon, Clover, The Dogs
Page Number: 86-87
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Chapter 10 Quotes

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.

Related Characters: Napoleon, Benjamin, Squealer, Clover
Page Number: 134
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The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Related Characters: Napoleon, Squealer, Clover, Mr. Pilkington
Page Number: 141
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Clover Character Timeline in Animal Farm

The timeline below shows where the character Clover appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...windows and the rafters; the sheep and cows settle behind the pigs; and Boxer and Clover, the carthorses, lie down in the back. Clover settles a brood of orphaned ducklings in... (full context)
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...mane while she munches sugar, and the cat finds the warmest spot between Boxer and Clover. The cat doesn’t listen to Old Major at all. Seeing that everyone but old Moses,... (full context)
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...to consider all they’ve given up, from gallons of milk to hundreds of eggs to Clover’s four foals, gone forever. Old Major points out that Mr. Jones butchers pigs, will someday... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...in Sugarcandy Mountain, and the pigs work hard to convince those believers otherwise. Boxer and Clover, however, prove to be the pigs’ best disciples. They’re not incredibly intelligent, but they distill... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...how to do this without tools that involve standing on two legs, while Boxer and Clover know the intricacies of bringing hay in. Because the pigs are so intelligent, they don’t... (full context)
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...read and reads newspapers out loud, while Benjamin is completely literate but refuses to read. Clover learns the whole alphabet but cannot read words, while Boxer learns the first four letters... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...spends most of her time gazing at her reflection in the drinking pool. One day, Clover takes Mollie aside and quietly asks if she really saw Mollie allowing a man from... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...everyone else to work, and carries loads of stone to the windmill alone. He ignores Clover’s warnings to not strain himself. (full context)
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...pigs eat in the kitchen and sleep in the beds. Boxer brushes this off, but Clover remembers that there was a rule against sleeping in beds. She asks Muriel to read... (full context)
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Squealer, accompanied by a few dogs, passes by and helps put things in perspective for Clover. He points out that there never was a ruling against beds, since the word “bed”... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Clover and the other animals remain by the windmill. They look out over Animal Farm and... (full context)
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Clover begins to sing “Beasts of England” and the other animals join in and sing it... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...animals shouldn’t kill other animals. Nobody says anything to the pigs or the dogs, but Clover feels that the executions aren’t in line with this rule. She asks Benjamin to read... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...take time off from work on the windmill, but in the evenings, he shares with Clover that his hoof is painful. Clover and Benjamin encourage Boxer to be careful, but Boxer... (full context)
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...to function on determination alone, but the animals reason he’ll pick up once summer comes. Clover and Benjamin warn him to take care of himself, but Boxer ignores them. One summer... (full context)
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Except for Benjamin and Clover, all the animals run to tell Squealer what happened. Squealer concernedly tells Boxer that Napoleon... (full context)
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...Slaughterer and Glue Boiler.” The man whips his horses and they race down the drive. Clover shouts for Boxer to get out, and Boxer kicks a few times—but he’s too weak.... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Years pass, and soon, only Clover, Benjamin, Moses, and some of the pigs remember life before the rebellion. Everyone else dies... (full context)
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...tells everyone that he’s teaching the sheep a new song. Just after the sheep return, Clover neighs in shock: Squealer is walking on his hind legs. The other pigs file out... (full context)
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Clover nuzzles Benjamin and leads him to the barn where the Seven Commandments are written. She... (full context)