What is an example of an allegory from Robinson Crusoe?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    In the passage where Crusoe is watching the battle between the red ants and the black ants, the battle is an allegory about senseless wars between the various nations of people.

    "I was witness to events of a less peaceful character. One day

    when I went out to my wood-pile, or rather my pile of stumps, I

    observed two large ants, the one red, the other much larger, nearly

    half an inch long, and black, fiercely contending with one another.

    Having once got hold they never let go, but struggled and wrestled

    and rolled on the chips incessantly. Looking farther, I was

    surprised to find that the chips were covered with such combatants,

    that it was not a duellum, but a bellum, a war between two races of

    ants, the red always pitted against the black, and frequently two

    red ones to one black. The legions of these Myrmidons covered all

    the hills and vales in my wood-yard, and the ground was already

    strewn with the dead and dying, both red and black. It was the only

    battle which I have ever witnessed, the only battle-field I ever

    trod while the battle was raging; internecine war; the red

    republicans on the one hand, and the black imperialists on the

    other. On every side they were engaged in deadly combat, yet

    without any noise that I could hear, and human soldiers never fought

    so resolutely. I watched a couple that were fast locked in each

    other's embraces, in a little sunny valley amid the chips, now at

    noonday prepared to fight till the sun went down, or life went out.

    The smaller red champion had fastened himself like a vice to his

    adversary's front, and through all the tumblings on that field never

    for an instant ceased to gnaw at one of his feelers near the root,

    having already caused the other to go by the board; while the

    stronger black one dashed him from side to side, and, as I saw on

    looking nearer, had already divested him of several of his members.

    They fought with more pertinacity than bulldogs. Neither manifested

    the least disposition to retreat. It was evident that their

    battle-cry was "Conquer or die." "

  • Bryce
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If I answer that, can I get your grade?

  • 1 decade ago

    dont take things for granted?

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