Essay on Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Animal Farm '

1023 Words Aug 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Self Preserving or Society Hurting “Animal Farm”, written by the famous Eric Blair under the pen name George Orwell, portrays themes of Capitalism, along with the animals’ need for self preservation. One character that illustrates a form of preserving his life is Benjamin the donkey. Throughout the book he, although very intelligent compared to the other animals on the farm, decides to stay out of all matters debated there and instead just watch as things play out. This seemed to be very smart, but if this book had taken place in a society like ours today, then people would instead consider this as an attribute of laziness and being antisocial. Benjamin often shows self preservation throughout Animal farm in a way no other character really does. Instead of showing his thoughts on the pigs’ totalitarian ways, he decides to stay back and attempt to blend in with all the other animals. On page 37, we learn how indifferent Benjamin is to everything happening around him. “He did his work in the same slow obstinate way as he had done it in Jones’s time, never shirking and never volunteering for extra work either” (Orwell 37). He doesn’t slack off like the cat, but doesn’t strive to work harder like Boxer. Instead he is consistently a neutral party in all matters on Animal Farm. This, of course, includes any debates that happen between Napoleon and Snowball. When the biggest argument yet on the farm arises, Benjamin “was the only animal on the farm who did not side with either…

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