Friday, July 8, 2011
Point of View by Margaret Atwood
The “ant” section of Anthill has been written as if ants have not only emotions but some sort of narrative memory. Do they have such things in any way that would be understandable to us if we could for a moment share them?
There have been other attempts to write from the POV of ants… I’m thinking of the Ant section in T.H. White’s The Sword In The Stone, in which the ants are used as an anti-fascist allegory… Is it possible to write from the POV of another species, really? Is that question by its nature uanswerable?
(I have a stake in this matter, as my first novel (age 7) was about an ant.)