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Shvoong Home>Books>Children & Youth>The Ant and The Cricket - Fabules Review

The Ant and The Cricket - Fabules

Book Review   by:Ramacheng     Original Author: Lafontaine
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This abstract was translated from A CIGARRA E A FORMIGA-FÁBULAS
 

 Taking a critical and humorous look into this fable that spread across the world, from Babylon to Greece, Rome and the modern world to stimulate work. LA FONTAINE tells us: Once upon a time, it was Spring and the flowers were blooming. A little ant had been spending all of her days and nights carrying leaves to the ant hill.
And the cricket was only singing all day long. Summer came and the ant said to the cricket: Dear sister cricket, you should work and gather grain too. But the cricket wouldn´t listen. She only wanted to sing. Fall came and the cricket kept on singing, while the ant kept on working and advising , but the cricket wouldn´t listen. When it was winter, the ant had a lot of grain stored up for herself and stayed at home to wait for the Spring, his job had been done. Then, the cricket knocked on the ant´s door asking for help because he was broke. And the ant asked her: What were you doing when the weather was good? And the cricket answered – I was singing all day long. The ant replied - Singing? So dance now! And the sad cricket left in the cold night. The moral of the story is – There are many men that are like the cricket: go bankrupt and want people who have been saving money to give them what they have struggled to achieve. HUMOR VERSION – Rumor has it that there is another end to La Fontaine´s fable. They say it has been told by Madam Pompadour - "Then, the cricket left and got over the whole situation. When to a night club to dance the night away and before the winter was over, went down to the ant´s house, wearing very warm fur coats, to thank the ant for the advice..." CONTESTING the author´s view – Biologists and naturopaths discuss the author´s ignorance about the biology of the ants, bees and crickets, each one playing their own role in nature´s big picture, as it is unfair to use nature as we please or consider ourselves harmed by animals or plants that are not in accord with our own interests. Nature is not centered on men.

Published: August 01, 2009   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    summary of the poem ant and the cricket ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    This poem is about a cricket who doesn 't work during summer,dats why he was not having food during winters. dats y when he went 2 ant in d search of food...ant refused 2 give food 2 him...this gives us inspiration to work all d time without intervals.... bcoz d whole world is selfish no one is going to help u in ur bad days.... Always Remember"TODAYS ' SAVING IS TOMMORROWS ' INCOME"... Thursday, May 17, 2012
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  1. Answer   Question  :    Which lines in the poem express the poet's comment? Write the comment in your words. View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    What is your opinion for the ant's principles? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the summary of the story? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Neither a borrower nor a lender be. Thursday, March 31, 2011
  1. Answer   Question  :    if you were an ant what should you do ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    I will not help cricket because i make him release that u should work u should not b lazy Saturday, October 13, 2012
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