Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I'm pretty sure we blogged about this in like August or September as it related to the Tin Drum and 100 Years of Solitude, but ants reappeared in Midnight's Children, as a symbol of death and decay. We see ants when Saleem encounters his friends dead and on the brink of death. We also see ants in the the general who dies under the loudspeakers. Before this year, I always saw ants as the prime example of working together against the greater odds (probably because of that Pixar movie, A Bug's Life), but now I totally see ants as a symbol of decay in literature.