walden on the Battle of Ants

by reminding the reader of its setting: a wood-yard. The black ant was dashing him from side to side and he had killed several red ants. I believe that what Thoreau is trying to say to us in this story is that human battles are ultimately pointless. . The Battle of the Ants begins with Thoreau casually walking out to his wood-pile as he stumbles upon the battle between the red ants and the black ants.

At that time a single red ant arrived there getting excited. Then Thoreau compares the ants' battles to humans' battles. . They were fighting either to win or to die. The more one compared them with human beings, the less difference one would find between them. He had cut off one feeler of the enemy. Such a battle had never taken place there. The red fighter was in the enemy area. They were fighting for principle heroically and like patriots. Thoreau chooses to use ants as a metaphor to make it clear to the reader that war is the Fall of Eden and its Inhabitants futile, pointless, and a waste of life. He makes it seem like the fight is really important - like he is recording the details of some battle that will change the history of the world. .