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Battle of the Ants, Henry Thoreau, 1854

Thoreau, Henry David. "The Battle of the Ants." Walden. N.p.: n.p., 1854. N. pag. Http:// Web. 18 Aug. 2016.

The primary purpose of the passage is to


create an allegory that compares a battle of ants to a human battle.


suggest that ants are unfair fighters in a battle.


argue for observing nature because it is so different from human behavior.


challenge ideas about animal behavior that many in society hold.


encourage readers to conserve the environment and nature.

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