What does the behavior of Mollie, the cat, and Benjamin tell us about their attitudes toward the rebellion?

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Mollie, the cat, and Benjamin are depicted as animals who are not concerned about the Rebellion and have no apparent political affiliations. Mollie symbolically represents Russia's bourgeoisie middle class, who fled to the West once the Bolsheviks asked them to give up their luxuries. Mollie is depicted as a selfish, superficial horse, who muses over her ribbons instead of listening to old Major's speech. She refuses to work and eventually flees Animal Farm. The cat is portrayed as a conniving animal, who skips out on work but always shows up for meal time. The cat may represent the opportunistic, underground criminals following the Bolshevik Revolution. In the novella, the cat is not a supportive, engaged animal and could care less about the Rebellion. Benjamin is portrayed as a wise donkey, who continues to work and behave exactly as he did before the Rebellion. Benjamin is the oldest animal on the farm and realizes that things will not change on the farm simply because Mr. Jones was expelled. Benjamin has a better understanding than the others of power and politics.

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Mollie, Benjamin, and the cat represent people who don’t really care about political happenings in a society.

Mollie is all about superficial things like appearances and popularity. This is expressed by her desire for ribbons and the attentions of man.

The cat just wants to get what it can regardless of who is in power. It represents people who feel no particular loyalty to any ideology. We see this when it tries to coax a bird into striking distance by telling it that all animals are now friends.

Benjamin, who is portrayed as old and relatively wise, represents people who believe that life will go on as it always has, regardless of who has political power. He is never optimistic or hopeful, he just does his work and gets along the best he can.

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