The wise old donkey

"The oldest animal on the farm and the worst tempered. He seldom talked, and when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark"

Who is Benjamin
Benjamin is the oldest animal on the farm and is considered the smartest, and worst tempered.
He has a very cynical and sarcastic attitude about nearly everything.
Benjamin appears to be very apathetic about the events that occur on the farm.
Benjamin is very distant from the other animals except for Boxer, the horse, who is his bestfriend.
He does not show enthusiasm for many of the things that the other animals do, like the windmill,
and when asked why he replies, “donkeys live a long time”. because he sees it as something that
is not going to last long and is not worth getting excited about. Although benjamin is very intelligent,
he does not show it often.He sees everything as guided by fate and pointless to try and change.
The only amusement he seems to get is seeing everyones efforts go to waste,
like when he finds out the windmill is going to be torn down.
"Slowly, and with an air of almost amusement, Benjamin nodded his long muzzle."
The only time Benjamin seems to show emotion or excitement is directly before and directly after boxer was taken away.

Other information
  • Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey” pg21
  • "Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be
much better or much worse - hunger, hardship and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life." pg109
  • " Benjamin could read as well as any pig, but never exercised his faculty. So far as he knew, he said, there was nothing worth reading." pg23
~Quick Facts
  • Benjamin refused to have any say in the Revolution
  • Refused to put in his opinion on the Windmill
  • Knew the humans were going to blow up the windmill
  • Knows Squealer is Re-piainting the comandments
  • The only time he shows emotion is when Boxer is being taken
  • Broke his own rule and read Clover the comandments
  • Most intelligent and ill tempered animal on the farm
  • Knows what is going on, on the farm but refuses to do anything to stop it

Skeptics of Russian Revolution


Benjamin's parallel is the aged people inside of and outside of Russia who were skeptical of the Revolution, but did not criticize it enough
to be killed and did not believe communism was going to benefit them in anyway or change anything about their situation. The people are
supposedly skeptical of the revolution because of their age and experience the same way Benjamin is uncaring about the farm because of his
age and experience. The people have been around so long and have seen so many attempts at change that they are not sure wether or not this
revolution will be successful or not. Similar to the way Benjamin is apathetic about the changes on the farm, the Skeptics are weary about the
supposed changed the revolution will bring. Many skeptics were more educated that the other citizens, they were able to better understand
the revolution. Benjamin knows that the changes will only and that is why he does not show the same enthusiasm
Boxer also represents the Jewish community in Russia who were not effected at all by Stalin's new rule

Extra Info

Orwell, George(1946). Animal Farm. New York: The New American Library.