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Animal Farm

Animal Farm


by George Orwell

Benjamin (a donkey) Timeline and Summary

  • Benjamin comes to hear about Old Major’s dream.
  • He refuses to weigh in on the rebellion.
  • He refuses to have an opinion on the windmill.
  • He refuses to be enthusiastic once they do start building the windmill.
  • Benjamin recognizes that the humans are going to blow up the windmill.
  • Benjamin understands that Squealer was re-painting the commandments.
  • Benjamin recognizes that Boxer is being sent to his death, and shows emotion for the first time.
  • Benjamin breaks his rule and reads Clover the Commandment about equality.