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

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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.