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Allegory for War in "Battle of the Ants" from David Thoreau The reading diary which I picked was "Battle of the Ants" by David Thoreau. I picked this essay because I felt that it had been a carefully composed piece about a somewhat interesting topic. When I first read it I was taken aback by its seemingly uninteresting nature of topic, but once I read it a couple more times I began to find out its true beauty. The story is all about war and government and portrayed by ants battling to the death. "The legions of Myrmidons covered all the hills and vales in my wood-yard, and the ground was already strewn with all the dead and dying, both the red and the black," the rodents represent people fighting for liberty and electricity. There are two varieties of ants: the crimson people who represent the rebellious soldiers fightin...