In Animal Farm, what is the significance of Mollie leaving in terms of the revolution?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Mollie's departure is political in nature, even though it is from the most apolitical of individuals.  On  one hand, Mollie's departure is motivated by self interest and a sense of selfishness.  Mollie never really subscribed to the revolution and coveted her sugar and ribbons.  Yet, I think that her departure ends up being one of the first signs that the totality and intended transcendence of the revolution was not something to be experienced by the animals, though it was promised by the pigs.  Mollie's departure is one of the first moments where the ruptured bonds of trust between the animals and the pigs becomes evident.  From this moment on, there is growing distrust between both.  Mollie's actions were not political.  However, they possessed political ramifications.  Other animals did not use her as a model.  Yet, from the most overall of senses, the animals' reaction to the pigs began to emerge as decidedly anti- revolution.  It is here where Mollie's actions possess political significance.  While they were most definitely were not intended to do so, the reality is that the political fallout between those in the position of power and those who are ruled over becomes evident after her departure from the farm.

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