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Linegen Vs. The Ants Essay

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"Leiningen Versus the Ants" is a true action and adventure story captivating many readers in who will win in the survival of the fittest. Taken place about one hundred years ago in Africa a "Marabunta" is about to happen and what the outcome will be in uncertain. I think the ants are a great villain because they are such a small part of our environment but are now causing such a catastrophic disaster. Leningen changes over the course of the fighting of the ants. He realizes that he sacrificed everything only to come out of it in the end with nothing. I learned life lessons during this story of you have to realize what is more important to you in life, your wealth and fortune or safety of loved ones and a hopeful future. In my opinion the ending is a toss up between reality and fiction. I would like the believe that man won conquer over ants but also because of the large amount and the given history before that they would have won this time as they have before.The exposition is a huge aid to the viewer in the movie of "Leiningen Versus the Ants." The opening scene of the Indians about to kill a man allows us to know where there moral standing are. It shows us that they are not civilized and are severe with punishment when a rule is broken. Also it shows us that they are a close nit community and very religious. The exposition of the story lets us know that they are in the middle of the jungle far away from civilization because Leiningen warns his wife of this because he said that civilization ends when you walk outside of your home. Leiningen also warns his wife of the dangers in the jungle of headhunter and that man in an animal in the jungle not the dominant species. The city operates by the new irrigation system that was built and trade is done by water in the boats. You observe that the men are hard workers and are dedicated their job at hand. This opening is extremely helpful in allowing the viewer to understand the era of the story and relate to what is going to happen.Leiningen is a good example of a naturalistic hero. He is well known for treating his workers with respect because when the Commissioner had to look for another mans slaves the identified the other mans men by the whip marks on their backs. Leiningen is also asked for his workers papers but he said that his men don't have papers because they stay. Leiningen is very well spoken and intelligent, he shows this when the man from another village confronts him and Leiningen shows him up with fast and quick wit. He also if very conniving when the other man tries to take back the men he says that the men have committed a crime resulting in a hanging. The Commissioner steps in when the men are hanging in the air saying that it is not fair they need a trial. Leiningen knew this was going to happen the man went on his way leaving Leiningen with his men. He is also a very calm man and is confident when he handles his workers. His workers have faith in him and trust him that is why they...

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