A white goat; one of the few animals who becomes fully literate. While Muriel doesn’t correspond to any one person, she can be seen as a representation of educated individuals who are able to interpret what’s going on, but who don’t have the charisma or the power to speak their minds.
Muriel Character Timeline in Animal Farm
The timeline below shows where the character Muriel appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...literate by fall. The dogs learn to read well, but only read the Seven Commandments. Muriel learns to read and reads newspapers out loud, while Benjamin is completely literate but refuses... (full context)
...with this rule. She asks Benjamin to read her the Commandment, but he refuses so, Muriel reads instead. The Commandment reads, “No animal shall kill any other animal WITHOUT CAUSE.” She... (full context)
...to the farmhouse. No one but Benjamin seems to understand anything. A few days later, Muriel sees that the Commandment that she thought forbade drinking alcohol actually forbids drinking alcohol to... (full context)