I chose to use a few different characters to answer these questions because I felt they each had a significant role in the book.
What are some character traits for this character?
Templeton - If it's in his own interest, Templeton will help the Charlotte and Wilbur, otherwise, "The rat had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no decency, no milk of rodent kindness, no compunction, no higher feeling, no friendliness, no anything" (White,p.46).
What was the smartest thing the character did in this section? Wilbur is a happy-go-lucky pig faced with a certain death; although this is his concern, he learns to think of others' problems. Taking part in the effort to stay alive, Wilbur engages in activities that bear out the messages Charlotte weaves in her web, such as doing back flips with a half twist. For example Ever since the spider had befriended him, he had done his best to live up to his reputation. When Charlotte's web said “SOME PIG”, Wilbur had tried hard to look like some pig. When Charlotte's web said “TERRIFIC”, Wilbur had tried to look terrific. And now that the web said “RADIANT”, he did everything possible to make himself glow. (White, 1952, p. 114)
How has the character changed during the course of the book? I think Wilbur has changed greatly as the story progressed. Throughout the story, Wilbur's first concern is for his comfort and safety. Then he found courage in and unlikely friend, a spider. He fights for his life and doesn’t give up. At the fair he realizes that Charlotte and her egg sac cannot make the journey back to the farm, he stops thinking of himself and makes arrangements to take the egg sac. Then he suffers the great loss of Charlotte his best friend. Instead of wallowing in grief he helps and watches over the babies Charlotte left behind and makes sure they have the comfort and safety he once sought.
What does this character most want? What is standing in...
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