Little Ants by J. M. Sanz Lajara – A Short Story Analysis

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.

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23 Comments
  1. Posted December 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Posted December 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    good post.

  3. Posted December 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    nice post

  4. Posted December 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Haven’t read about the story yet..but it has a moral lesson attached to it..nice post :)

  5. Posted December 5, 2010 at 4:56 am

    We can always learn from the colonel. Sparing someone’s life has so many reasons. Sometimes it is not a weakness but it humbles us. Remember the phrase “The Lord gives it and the Lord takes it away” and it refers to Life.

  6. Posted December 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    An interesting short story. Sometimes, life takes so many unexpected turns and brings lots of surprises. That’s what makes life really interesting and if we just open ourselves to everything, we learn so much from it. Sometimes, we even meet friends from unexpected places :-)

  7. Posted December 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Very nice review.
    I’ll definitely check out the story,thanks!!

  8. Posted December 6, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I don’t know but this story stirred up something in me.

  9. Posted December 6, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Sounds interesting. I will go to look for a copy to read. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Posted December 6, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Wao- what a lovely post – Great all the best

  11. Posted December 6, 2010 at 4:53 am

    A good review that draws out interest in the story. I believe it’s the heartwarming friendship of these two characters and the ultimate sacrifice in the end that make it appealing to its readers. Good choice.

  12. Posted December 6, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Nobody realizes or wants to be called an idiot. Perhaps the colonel sees the idiocy of himself in the idiot.lol. A very interesting review.

  13. Posted December 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Keep up the good work..an opposite characters makes a lifetime friendship or relationship

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  15. Posted December 7, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Nice review. make me want to read the book.

  16. Posted December 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Very interesting and a job well done.

  17. Posted December 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hi RB I liked your short story analysis. Opposites do attract.. Nice one..

  18. Posted December 10, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Great review :)

  19. Posted December 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

    A fantastic review here!

  20. Posted December 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Your love for short stories shows Rhodora.

  21. Posted December 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    a splendid review.

  22. Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Nice Share- See you around – thanks

  23. Posted December 20, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Ramarkable work– just what I need, as I am re-learning the essentials in writing a good review. Thanks for sharing!

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