Essay about The Large Ant

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Analytical Essay – The Large Ant In 2012, 16259 people in the United States were murdered and another 1.8 million people were sent to the hospital due to assault. Humans resorting to violence and harming others is a daily occurrence, but why? Is it in our nature, are we instinctively violent, and why is it that these acts are not only happening in the United States but worldwide. Although the average person does not leave their home planning on harming somebody that day, under the right circumstances almost every single person in this world will commit an act of violence. Sometimes these acts are justified, such as when we are trying to protect ourselves or a loved one, but what about the smaller acts that we all do every day.…show more content…
“‘You were afraid?’ Hopper asked. ‘I was scared to death. I still am to tell the truth.’” (Fast 155) His fear of the creature appears to have triggered his brain to categorize the creature as a threat, which would explain why his instincts were triggered and he felt he had to kill it. When we feel threatened we react to protect ourselves, we would not just sit there and let ourselves be harmed if it can be helped, but the narrator seems to have had no reason to kill the creature. “‘That is why I am asking you why you killed it. You must have had a reason. Did it seem to attack you…or make any sudden motion towards you?’” (Fast 154) The narrator answers no to both of these questions yet he still felt the need to kill the creature. This is when Fitzgerald goes on to state the only reason the narrator killed it was simply because he is a human and it is his instinct to do so. “He then opened the doors to one of the wall cupboards and there stood eight jars of formaldehyde and in each jay a specimen like mine – and in each case mutilated by the violence of its death.” (Fast 155) It could not have been just a random occurrence when eight others were killed by similar ways with people who also felt they had to kill the creatures, even though there was no threat to any of the people who killed them. “We don’t look carefully at a thing that is horrible or repugnant to us. You can’t look carefully through a screen of hatred.” (Fast
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