Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Grasshopper and the Ant

This illustration is inspired by Aesop's fable "The Ants and the Grasshopper." The fable tells of a grasshopper that spends his entire summer playing music instead of storing food like his ant companions. When winter comes, the grasshopper starves and begs the ants for food. 

The story intends to promote hard work and preparation, but I chose to illustrate the need for balance in life. The grasshopper is not intrinsically wrong for wanting to enjoy summer, he just should have also taken care of himself. Likewise, the ants are not wrong for taking responsibility for their survival. They both just lack balance. While the original script teaches the dangers of too much pleasure, my flipped dialogue teaches the dangers of too much work - missing out on actually living.

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