Mollie- Represents the rich and noble of Russia at the time (esp. the
Czar and his family). Those who fled Revolutionist Russia, because
they had had a better life beforehand, and were un-willing to accept
The messages that Orwell is trying to express through Mollie are
directly opposite to the actions which are displayed through Benjamin.
Although they were both unwilling to accept change, their actions were
very different. The message that Orwell is conveying through Mollie is
that you shouldn't just quit because things get tough.
Quotes- 'Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare.' page2
'Will there still be sugar after the rebellion?' page10
'Mollie refused to learn any but the six letters that made up her own
'In the end, however, she was found hiding in her stall with her head
buried among the hay in her manger. She had taken flight as soon as
the gun went off' page27
First page and a 1/4 of chapter five, page 28
Benjamin- No direct character link to the Russian revolution, but very
closely linked to the members of the older generation who were
suspicious of the revolution, and set in their ways. They had found
that life was hard, whatever happened, and so did nothing to try and
Benjamin is the original stubborn mule, he is not fooled by Napoleons
propaganda, or the promises that life will be better for him. He knows
that life is tough, and nothing will ever change that. However, Orwell
is trying to communicate that you shouldn't always say nothing, that
when you really feel for a cause (e.g., Benjamin with the death of
Boxer) you should always speak out.
Quotes- 'Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm, and th...
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...the public, the government can control the country a lot easier.
There are still examples of such extreme propaganda which have gone on
in the recent past. For example, the Gulf war in the early 1990's
escalated so quickly, mainly due to conflicting propaganda. The
government of Iraq were telling it's public that the Europeans were on
Kuwait's side, and that they were only doing it so that they could
have Kuwait's oil. The Europeans didn't realise why having the land
that Kuwait owned was so important to the people of Iraq.
Another message conveyed by Orwell through Squealer is that everyone
should have freedom of speech. By progressing the novel so that the
animals eventually become slaves of the pigs, and don't have a say in
their lives, Orwell is expressing his view that if only the strong get
their voice heard, the weak will eventually loose out.
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