How do Mollie and Benjamin React to the Revolution?The writer uses a simple story to express complex ideas. What do you think the writer is trying to show us in his presentetation of Benjamin and...

How do Mollie and Benjamin React to the Revolution?

The writer uses a simple story to express complex ideas. What do you think the writer is trying to show us in his presentetation of Benjamin and Mollie and how they react to the revolution, the setting up of Animal Farm and the principles of animalism?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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These two characters are the most apolitical of the bunch and they don't react to the pigs' suppression as much as they disregard it. 

Bejamin chooses not to engage in the idea that a real change has taken place and he is proven right in the end. Mollie chooses against the superficial trappings of the revolution and so, in effect, chooses to ignore the revolution itself. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The old donkey has experienced much in his life, but because little has really changed for him, Benjamin is cynical, knowing that "the more things change, the more they remain the same," as the old adage goes.  Of course, his attitude proves to be prophetic.  However, had Benjamin become more involved, he might have been able to effect real change.  According to critics,

Benjamin represents the cynical intellectual who refuses to get involved in politics and so fails to affect meaningful change.

As mentioned in post #2, his attitude resembles that of the author, George Orwell.

Mollie is even more myopic, considering only her personal comfort and desires.  Her desire for material things blinds her to the dangers to freedom's essential importance.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Mollie is meant to portray people who care only about their own material pleasures rather than justice.  That's why she only cares about her ribbons and doesn't care about whether she is oppressed or not.  Benjamin's more complex.  He is supposed to be a representation of people like Orwell who feel that nothing can change and therefore don't really try to improve their societies.

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aristide1997 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Thanks for the answer!

And what do they think about the revolution? How do they react to the pigs suppression?

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