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Examine the characters of Benjamin and Mollie in the story. Explain their different reactions to the revolution

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´╗┐Examine the characters of Benjamin and Mollie in the story. Explain their different reactions to the revolution In the satire, ?Animal farm? by George Orwell?, there are many characters who have different personalities. Such examples are Mollie the white mare and Benjamin the donkey who have almost contrasting characters. While Mollie likes to have things her way, Benjamin is rather stubborn and refuses to have anything to do with the farm. Two very different endings happen to Mollie and Benjamin in the satire. At the start, Mollie had a very comfortable life under the owner Mr Jones, as shown when ?she came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar indicating she is well treated by Mr Jones. ...read more.

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When taught to read and write after the revolution, both Mollie and Benjamin learn but they use their ability to read and write very differently. Benjamin was ? able to read as well as any pig but never exercised his faculty?, this reflects his way of life and its shows he doesn?t really care about it and it also shows he never shares the knowledge he possesses. Mollie ?refused to learn anything but the five letters which spelt her own name?, this indicates that Mollie is selfish and doesn?t like to do anything that has no benefit to her; an example of such an event is work where she ?would run from work on any kind of pretext?. ...read more.

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After the revolution, Mollie leaves the farm in order to pursue the humans; this was due to the fact told by Snowball a boar on the farm ?there will be no more sugars and ribbons on this farm?. We later find her with a ?fat red-faced man in check breeches and gaiters? highlighting Mollie?s refusal to sacrifice anything and her selfishness. Benjamin is still the same old self after the revolution doing his work ? in the same way he did for Jones and never volunteering for extra work? emphasising the fact that he doesn?t really care about life on the farm. Both Mollie and Benjamin have different characters that reflect what they think of the revolution. Benjamin is shown to keep everything to himself and doesn?t really care about anything while Mollie shown to be selfish and only wants to have a privileged life with no hard work. ...read more.

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