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What is your opinion of Benjamin in chapter 9 of Animal Farm?  

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Benjamin is portrayed as an extremely cynical, intelligent donkey. He does not get excited or outraged by the events that transpire on the farm and remains detached. Being the oldest animal on the farm, Benjamin is wise and not easily fooled or manipulated by the pigs like the other animals. For the majority of the novella, the readers perceive Benjamin as pessimistic, and they might be frustrated by his lack of motivation to alter the current political environment on the farm. While his intelligence is an admirable trait, Benjamin's lack of concern and detachment are troubling.

However, Benjamin demonstrates his loyalty and concern in chapter 9 after Boxer suffers a serious injury. Benjamin remains by his side while Boxer suffers and does his best to keep the flies off him. In...

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