O' Henric Turn in Maugham: A paradox or a fable
"The Ant and the Grasshopper" is a fabulous short story written by William Somerset Maugham. The story starts with a popular fable relating the conversation between an industrious ant and its reluctant counterpart, a grasshopper. Though the story of the fable is embodied with a moral where industry is rewarded and giddiness punished, we see a completely different scenario in the end of the story. Maugham provides an O' Henric turn in the catharsis of the story and makes a sense of paradox and ambiguity. Consequently, it becomes an irony of the moral conflict between a man of ethics and that of a fantasy world.