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The word is mentioned in reference to Benjamin's statement that "Donkeys live a long time. None of you have seen a dead donkey." This was his answer whenever he was asked if he was happier after the animals' revolution than he was under the control of Jones. He woudln't say anything else about his circumstances, and "the other animals," Orwell says, "had to be content with this cryptic answer." He repeats this answer throughout the book, usually in response to a query about some aspect of the farm's politics. Benjamin remains cynical and skeptical about the changes around him throughout the book, and is not swayed by the propaganda spewed by Squealer. In fact, he sees through many of the lies. Some reviewers have suggested that some of Orwell's own personality comes through in Benjamin. He could also be seen to represent the peasants who found that life was no better under communism than under the tsars. They suffered equally under each government.
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