Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

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What is a main theme of "Leiningen Versus the Ants?"

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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 with his faithful employees, he decides to stay and fight. He devises complex defenses consisting of moats filled with water and petrol and manages to hold the ants off for awhile. However, it ultimately seems that the ants will overrun the plantation and the defenders will die horrible deaths until Leiningen himself puts on a protective suit, charges through the swarms of ants, and, despite gruesome injuries, manages to reach the controls of a dam and flood the plantation.

The theme of this thrilling story is man versus nature. If we focus this and give it a little more detail, we could say that it is the triumph of the ingenuity and indomitable spirit of man against a formidable and relentless threat of nature. Man versus nature is a common...

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