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The Garden Of Brazil: "Leiningen Versus The Ants"

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One occurrence known to many is that of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God created the world perfect--without sin and in that world He placed Adam and Eve. In the garden with Adam and Eve, were many trees and animals. All of the trees were good to eat besides one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned Adam and Eve not to eat of that tree. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God's warning, they were cast out of the Garden with sinful nature into an imperfect world.After God created the world, "...God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good...". (Genesis 1:31, NKJ) Good is referring to its perfect state--free from the interactions of sinful beings. In the garden were many trees, but one in particular stood out--the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God said, "'Of every tree... you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat...'" (Genesis 2:16-17, NKJV) Also, in this Garden were many beasts, but of all the beasts, "the serpent was more cunning...". (Genesis 3:1, NKJV) And the cunning beast, the serpent, came to Eve tempting her, telling her the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good to eat. Eve partook of the fruit and, having done so, shared with Adam. Adam took and also ate. After God found out, He cast them into the darkness, out of the light of His presence. With out the light, all is misery, but in the darkness, one may hope to acquire a relation with God, restoring some light. Leiningen Versus the Ants is extremely similar to this story.Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson tells the story of a vain farmer, Leiningen, who risks his life and the lives of his workers to save his farm. This story is an allegory for the occurrence in the Garden of Eden. The plantation represents the Garden of Eden and the other animals in the area are the other trees in the Garden. The Brazilian official is God warning Adam and Eve while Leiningen's workers, the natives from the land, are Adam and he is Eve. The outcome, the devastation of the plantation, is to be compared to the world to which Adam and Eve were cast. To start to understand this allegory, we must first examine the plantation on which Leiningen and his workers farmed.The plantation is a representation of the Garden of Eden. As the plantation was "perfect", in the mind of Leiningen, so was the Garden of Eden. Leiningen asserts this belief to the Brazilian official saying, "'When I began this model farm... I took into account all that could conceivably happen to it. And now I'm ready for anything...'". This quote was made in response to the Brazilian official's warning.The Brazilian official is a replica of God's warning to Adam. God told Adam not to eat of the forbidden fruit lest he meet certain fate. Like this, the Brazilian official warned Leiningen of foredooming danger. To begin his warning, the official tries to convey the frightening aspects of the ants. He does this by saying,...

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