Charlottes Web

Topics: Charlotte's Web, E. B. White, Love Pages: 3 (999 words) Published: March 1, 2013
Friendship: Wilbur and Charlotte.

“No pig ever had truer friends, and he realized that friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world.”(White 115)

‘”Charlotte's Web” by E. B. White was first published by Hamish Hamilton in 1952. This book is now over fifty years old but it is still a wonderful book for children because its main themes of friendship, hope and loyalty will always be actual and universal. E. B. White allowed his characters to explore their relationships with each other in such a way that the story's themes grow naturally from their interactions. For instance, in the Zuckerman’s farm, unimaginable things happened in very believable ways: animals talked, a spider wrote words in its web, and a pig won fame. These characters acted from perfectly natural motives. The first example of friendship that White provides in “Charlotte's Web” is that of Wilbur and Fern. This is actually more of a mother-child relationship, because “she loved to stroke him, to feed him, to put him to bed.”(8)  Fern showed a great deal of loyalty to Wilbur through most of the book. But Fern, by the end of the book, had seemingly lost interest in Wilbur, choosing to focus her attentions on a boy. On the other hand, Charlotte was loyal to the end, even working to save Wilbur's life to the detriment of her own. She was also always there to give Wilbur a boost when he felt down about himself. Loyalty goes hand-in-hand with the theme of friendship in this novel. Fern and Charlotte are both very loyal to Wilbur. They worked hard to save him from slaughter because they love him, especially Charlotte. Charlotte A. Cavatica, the friendly, clever spider of “Charlotte's Web,” a character who teaches us something profound about love and commitment. She's utterly devoted to her new friend Wilbur, the pig. Charlotte was the first who comforted Wilbur by assuring him that she could save him when he found out that he was to be...
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