From Animal Farm, describe Mollie as if she were a person. What kind of personality would she display?
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I think that Mollie would have to be described as someone who is fairly self- absorbed. She is happy with whatever suits her needs and it easily placated. She is not manipulative in terms of wanting to coalesce or consolidate power. Rather, she is quite happy in being given the trappings of power without any of the responsibility. The fact that she is enticed by sugar and ribbons reflects this. I don't see her as necessarily malevolent or a force of evil. Rather, she is of self- interest. I see her as Karen Smith from the film, Mean Girls. She is not the brains of the operation as Regina is, nor is she the manipulative sidekick of Gretchen. Rather, she is part of the powerful Plastics, and is quite content when her needs are met. She is surface in this manner, and I think that Mollie is much the same way. In characterizing Mollie, I think that it would be important to bring out this idea of self- surface and self- interest in terms of reflecting her character. She possesses a personality that is not concerned with the social welfare, but rather with her own needs.
Mollie is a materialistic creature. As long as she can look pretty, nothing else matters. She is vain.
Mollie is a simple creature who thinks comfort and beauty are the important qualities--maybe the only qualities--of life. She doesn't know how to evaluate higher order values, like freedom and independence, against personal comfort and luxury. As a result, the hardships of establishing freedom and independence are distasteful to her, and she would rather have a little oppression if it means her needs for luxury are fulfilled.
Vanity, vanity vanity. Everything is vanity. Molly, if she were a person, would be somebody that was so selfish that she would be obsessed about her own needs and personal appearances much more than the needs of anybody else around her. She would be the kind of woman that always carried a mirror with her and was checking her makeup every other second. She would be completely self-absorbed and impossible to work with.
I'm thinking that she should be someone from the TV show Jersey Shore. She'd be someone like that who cared only about their appearance and about having fun. From everything I've heard, the people on that show are like that.
So, anyone like that who shows little concern for anything but looks and partying would be a good choice.
Mollie reminds me of Paris Hilton. She probably comes from a family of "old money" because she doesn't show the brains or ambition to make a fortune on her own. However, she acts like "new money" because she is materialistic and likes to flaunt the riches she has. She shows no evidence of ever having worked an honest day in her life or even knowing what hard work is, yet she wants to be in a place where she can continue to live her luxurious and easy-going lifestyle. The farm under its new leadership is clearly not the place for her, so she leaves. Her ability to drop everything a leave so easily shows she has little loyalty to family or friends and is more interested in possessions and comfort than relationship with people.
Mollie is the quintessential dumb blonde who cares more about her appearance and the finer things of life rather than the world around her. She gives in to flattery and likes people who like her. When she begins to lose some of the things she most loves, she heads to greener pastures.
It is interesting that her name is Mollie. Like the "molls" of the old gangsters, she is oblivious to what structural changes are made in the dynamics of the people/animals around her as long as she can live comfortably. Amoral, she is not concerned with right and wrong; she only desires nice things that make her more beautiful and keep her in comfort.
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