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Leiningen Versus the Ants

"Leiningen Versus the Ants" is a gripping tale of Man versus Nature. As a virtual plague of voracious, thinking creatures marches toward the expansive coffee plantation of its scrappy owner named...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 10:14 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The famous short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" tells of a plantation owner who refuses to abandon his property in the face of an overwhelming approaching army of deadly ants. Instead, along...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Although "Leiningen Versus the Ants" contains a strong external conflict -- Man vs. Nature -- it has little obvious internal conflict; from the beginning of the story, Leiningen is determined to...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 10:28 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

On the most basic level, the ants are symbolic of the forces of nature that man has to struggle against in order to create his own civilized world and to survive. Leiningen is an everyman, a...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Leiningen's motto is "The human brain needs only to become fully aware of its power to conquer even the elements" (p.81). By believing this motto, Leiningen feels he can overcome anything. On one...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2017 5:51 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

You asked two questions, so I have had to cut it down to one according to enotes regulations. I think Leiningen is clearly shown to have many excellent qualities in this short story that indicate...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 11:02 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The narrator does a great job of telling us the protagonist's strengths early on: Leiningen had always known how to grapple with life. Even here, in this Brazilian wilderness, his brain had...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 7:22 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

This is a good question, because, while the obvious answer is that the conflict is between man and nature, an equally correct answer would be to say that the conflict is between man and his own...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018 4:10 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In the classic short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants," a plantation owner and his employees desperately defend themselves against an enormous army of ants. They employ several innovative...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 1:47 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The climax in the story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" comes at the end, as Leiningen strives to close the river gates and wash away the attacking horde of ants: Then he was at the weir and gripping...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 10:07 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Two important themes of "Leiningen Versus the Ants" are self-reliance and individualism. Lieningen, the protagonist, has made his success on intelligence, choosing to think through obstacles...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 9:15 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

It does not talk long to find external conflicts when reading "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson. The most obvious conflict of the story, of course, is external, and it can be seen in...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 6:27 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson, the protagonist, Leiningen, is the owner of a very successful plantation in the jungles of Brazil. He has had success in many areas of his life...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2013 3:17 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

"Victory had been snatched from the very jaws of defeat." This line comes after the peons on the plantation of Leiningen have begun their deadly march. Refusing to leave his plantation to the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010 3:22 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In the exposition of Stephenson's narrative when the District Commissioner comes to warn the coffee plantation owner, he tells Leiningen about the ants, "Leiningen!...You're insane! They're not...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2013 7:04 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson, Leiningen is a plantation owner in the wilds of Brazil. He has established a settlement which he believes can withstand the rigors of the jungle,...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013 6:15 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Carl Stephenson's "Leiningen Versus the Ants" is set in the jungle wilderness of Brazil, where Leiningen has established a plantation. Leiningen is a planter, so of course he needs workers, native...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013 3:22 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

More than anything else, Leiningen can be described as a practical man. In his role as owner of a Brazilian plantation, he's been presented with a number of problems, yet he has always managed to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021 1:44 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Well done for observing this. Yes, one of the ways in which the author of this dramatic short story presents the ants as an unstoppable foe is through frequent comparisons to soldiers performing...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011 10:04 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The ants can eat up everything—the people, animals, crops, and natural vegetation—on Leiningen’s ranch in a very short time. They are a threat to the lives of all the things that live on...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2018 11:35 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The point of view in Carl Stephenson's "Leiningen Versus the Ants" is third-person objective. We know it is a third-person narrative because an outside narrator tells the story, as in the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2013 5:07 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The Brazilian official who comes to see Leiningen makes it clear that he believes the ants are more than a match for Leiningen. He describes them as "elemental," each one of them "a fiend from...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 11:08 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

"Leiningen Versus the Ants" is a 1938 short story written by German author Carl Stephenson, originally published in the December issue of Esquire magazine. In it, a man named Leiningen refuses to...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 6:44 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Before we look for specific examples in the famous short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson, we need to define our terms. Imagery in literature is the use of descriptive language...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 3:59 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The famous short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson tells of a plantation owner in Brazil who refuses to leave his land in the face of a formidable invasion of deadly ants....

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 2:32 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

"Leiningen Versus the Ants," by Carl Stephenson, is available to read for free on the website linked below. Here is a short summary. Leiningen, a plantation owner in South America, is informed that...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

"Leiningen Versus the Ants," a classic short story by Carl Stephenson, posits an attack of large, venomous, thumb-sized ants upon the owner and workers on a plantation in the rainforest of Brazil....

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 1:00 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson, Leiningen is an experienced plantation owner who has built a compound in the jungle of Brazil. Before building it, he spent some time living...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 3:30 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

At the climax of "Leiningen Versus the Ants," Leiningen undertakes a last-ditch effort to stop the ants by flooding the plantation; he runs to a dam in the river, knowing that it will destroy his...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 9:28 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

It is clear from the opening paragraphs of this compelling short story that the ants referred to in the title are not normal ants that we would think of in the West. Rather, these are Brazilian...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 7:01 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

Leiningen learns that the ants are approaching his plantation because he is told by a Brazilian official that the ants will probably reach his plantation in approximately two days. When Leiningen...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016 11:56 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

To be able to answer this question, it is important to understand the background of the story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson. Leiningen owns a large plantation in the midst of the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2021 3:49 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The story “Leiningen Versus the Ants” raises questions about the relationship between instinct and intellect in the ants that swarm into the plantation. Leiningen is shown to be overly confident in...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 3:56 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The gasoline pipes are essential to defense against the ants because with a "rampart of petrol" the men can protect the inner ditch that surrounds the hill on which stand the manor house, barns,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 8:31 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In "Leiningen Versus the Ants," Leiningen is a colonialist farmer in the Amazon River Basin who's way of life is being threatened by an encroaching hoard of ants. The threat is so real and so...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 3:04 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The attacking ants in "Leiningen Versus the Ants" are Army Ants, although of a larger and more ferocious type than normally encountered. They are described as: ...thumb-long, reddish black,...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 9:31 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

As Leiningen and his men battle the ants, the workers are torn between their fear of the ants and their respect for Leiningen, a fair boss who seems to have the right idea. His defenses all are...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 9:19 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The ants are able to use their own bodies as well as the foliage released into the moat to form a kind of insect pontoon bridge. In doing so, the ant army has countless of its own members sacrifice...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

As is true of almost every narrative, there are always hints of what is to come and "Leiningen Versus the Ants" is no exception. In the expostition of Stephenson's story, the contrast between the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

The thrilling short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson tells of an attack on a plantation in the rainforest of Brazil by an army of large ferocious ants. The owner of the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 1:42 am UTC

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Leiningen Versus the Ants

In this Man vs. Nature story, a determined owner of a coffee plantation is convinced that he can prevent a plague of ants from devastating all that he has worked so hard for on his settlement....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013 6:15 am UTC

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