Charlottes Web

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The book Charlotte’s Web written by E.B White has captured thousands of readers attentions and now holds reign as a “classic”. This children’s book holds significant values and powerful meanings that have taught many life long lessons. One of these lessons valued in the book is the influence and meaning behind love and true friendships.

One example from the book that can be depicted as “love for a friend” is found in a small excerpt: “Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you” ‘You have been my friend’ replied Charlotte ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing’(p, 154). The tone in the text shows the sincerity coming from both Wilbur and Charlotte. From Wilbur the sincerity comes from Charlotte saving his life, and from Charlotte she is grateful of the friendship Wilbur has given to her.

At some age levels most children just see that Charlotte and Wilbur are a runt pig and a spider that become friends, and the trauma that Charlotte dies in the end. At a more mature age level one can see the bond and importance of the friendship and why Charlotte dies for her friend. The great thing about this story is that it can be depicted and thought out in many different ways to see different values of the situations or even the love formed in friendships. One other way that proves this idea is “After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spiders life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to life up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that”(p,154). This quote proves the benefits of love and friendships, and the satisfaction of knowing you did something substantial to help a friend in return just for his/her friendship. Without friends, love and the thought of caring for someone, life can be left lonely and boring.

The tremendous thing in life, and a lesson that this book...
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