The colonel and the idiot, the main characters of the story, are very much opposite in terms of their status in life. Despite their dissimilarity, they build a strong friendship that defies an established authority and even death.
The colonel and the idiot, the main characters of the story, are very much opposite in terms of their status in life. They are totally different when it comes to their living standards as well as their physical appearance – the colonel is affluent and well-groomed; the idiot, poor and untidy. They likewise have different outlooks in life – the colonel is rigid and idealistic; the idiot, carefree.
These two characters however, although poles apart, are similar in many ways. They both command an army – the colonel leads an army of armed fighting force; the idiot, an army of ants. The idiot has a world of his own; the colonel has, likewise, a world of his own because he is alienated from his own people.
Despite their dissimilarity, they build a strong friendship that defies an established authority and even death. The colonel sees himself in the idiot – an ideal leader with followers that indiscriminately follow.
I like the part where the idiot speaks for the first time. It moved me because here is one person who is not in his right senses but cares a lot for his friends. This is understable because his life revolves around them. He may have behaved in a bizarre way but whenever he was with the ants, he had a system that equaled, if not surpassed, that of the leaders.
The death of the colonel came to me as a surprise. It was the farthest occurence that I could think of. The colonel was strong-willed and was likely to carry out orders but he chose to spare the life of the idiot. It may be a sign of weakness or pride but he made a big sacrifice. To me, that is admirable.