Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper [A Narrative Criticism]


Aesop’s Fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper, demonstrates the importance of hard work and dedication to “prepare for the days of necessity.” The diligent ant was returning from gathering food and working hard to prepare for winter, while the lazy and care-free grasshopper was seeking some conversation and not preparing for winter. The lesson of the story is that “it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.” And the method of how the narrator delivers this lesson is highly evident in the diligence of the ant.

The setting is in a field during the summer time where food is plentiful and time is irrelevant. The grasshopper took advantage of the summer time by enjoying it as the most bountiful time of the year. The ant however, saw this as the most opportune moment to collect and save food for their times of need. So even though the food was plentiful, the ants gathered and saved it. When winter came about, it was the grasshopper who did had nothing because he did not take advantage of the bountiful summer and instead enjoyed his time doing nothing.

The objective of this narrative work is to metaphorically show the importance of saving and being prepared for days of necessity. The narrator delivered the moral of the story very well and it could be interpreted and understood by many people, not discriminating against economic state, race, gender, or anything of the sort. This story portrays a very strong message and the fact that it could be applied to any human being, makes it an even stronger point.

The main argument that I can comprehend from this story is that the ants worked in a group and helped each other survive. Meanwhile, the grasshopper was still by his lonesome the entire year round. Another moral or implied message that can be drawn from this story is that teamwork is stronger than working independently and in times of need, a team is what you need. It is not directly stated, but it is a valid argument that can be seen.


One response to “Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper [A Narrative Criticism]

  1. Wow your narrative criticism on one of Aesop’s fable is excellently analyzed and very in depth. I completely agree with your points regarding the build up of the objective composed from a combination of settings and character. It is true that diligence, preparation, and teamwork is the key to success in life in comparison to the failure in life as a result from being unprepared and independent. The author has effectively portrayed the cause and effect aspect and achieved a renowned message to the audience.

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