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 the evenings, Benjamin stays in Boxer's stall and cares for him. Tragically, the pigs have Boxer sent to the knackers, and Benjamin is unable to stop it from happening. After reading the side of the van, Benjamin hurries to warn the other animals about Boxer's fate. Unfortunately, Benjamin cannot prevent Boxer from being taken to the knackers, but the readers admire his effort to save his close friend. Benjamin's actions reveal that he is a compassionate, caring individual who is loyal to Boxer and tried his best to prevent his friend from being taken to his fate.