The Red Badge of Courage

What comment about life can be made from the actions of the ants

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Insects like ants reclaim the dead bodies to a natural state. Henry sees this as the natural end result of the very unnatural process of war and killing. Check out this quote from the book,

"At last he burst the bonds which had fated him to the spot and fled, unheeding the underbrush. He was pursued by the sight of black ants swarming greedily upon the gray face and venturing horribly near to the eyes."