Good morning fellow teammates. In the following issue of our school magazine, I am going to interview Benjamin, the donkey mentioned in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. Benjamin was a grey intelligent donkey who could read and write as well as any pig in the farm. Not participating in the rebellion to the farm owner Mr.
Jones, he thought no improvement of the life of animals have been brought by the rebellion, would still be unpleasant. Benjamin had a friend, Boxer, who was sent to the knacker’s by the ruling pigs after he became too ill to continue to work. In the story, it has mentioned how the animals in the farm rebelled Mr. Jones and ran the farm by themselves. At first, they have lived peacefully as the pig Snowball had been running the farm in an organized way while being innovative to solve the problems. But after the other pig, Napoleon, started to rule the farm, the animals had less food to eat, had more work to do, and live was basically as bad as the day owned by Mr.
Jones. Back to the topic, I would like to interview Benjamin is because of his intelligence. He gave a high attention to the things going on, especially because of Boxer, he could see the mistreatment of the working classes brought by the pigs. He also saw how the rules of their society were changing, from “All animals are equal.” and “No animals shall kill any other animal.” to being abridged to the single sentence “All animals are equal but some animal are more equal than others”.
His words could surely enlighten everyone to truly know equality is as important as liberty is. In the interview, I would ask Benjamin how would he rule Animal Farm if he could be the ruler. As he belonged to the working class, he knew how the working class felt when the tyrant Napoleon was conducting unreasonable actions on the animals. He has once said a sentence, “Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.” It is certain that this sentence told us even large actions would cause low changes in the long run.
I would ask Benjamin on the reason of him not gathering all the animals to overthrow Napoleon. The interview would be conducted somewhere outside Animal Farm. Napoleon has a lot of attendant inside Animal Farm who could easily track and secretly hear all the conversation between me and Benjamin. If Benjamin says anything which the government dislikes, he would be at risk. In order to ensure Benjamin’s safety, the interview should be conducted in a location near Animal Farm which is secret enough. During the interview, I would ask the questions with a way for Benjamin to elaborate more on his own idea. I think he would talk about the feeling of him seeing the change of the commandments. Being the only one witnessing all the changes, I’m sure that he would tell us his most special thoughts and wise words.
As he would be allowed to speak freely mostly throughout the interview time, I’m sure there must be something eye-catchy to our students. This is the end of my presentation about the interview I’m going to conduct for the next issue of the school magazine. Thank you.