Charlotte's Web

E. B. White

Charlotte's Web is a children's novel published in 1952. A farmer's daughter, Fern, saves the runt of the pig litter from being killed. She takes the pig in and named it Wilbur. As the pig grows up, he is sold to a farm down the road. There he meets a barn spider named Charlotte. Later on, Wilbur is entered in the county fair accompanied by Charlotte. There in Wilbur's pen, Charlotte spins her egg sac and soon dies. Devastated, Wilbur decides to guard her eggs until they hatch. His sadness increases when the spiders depart after hatching, but leaving behind the three smallest spiders. Wilbur is pleased that they stay with him and name them Joy, Nellie, and Aranea. In the story is adds that more generations of spiders keep him company.

“I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty—everything I don’t like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?”

E.B. White is saying (in the quote above) that you can learn to like a person even if they're not like you. "Don't judge a book by it's cover." That applies here because Wilbur assumed, because she was a spider, Charlotte was brutal and wouldn't make a nice friend. This shows that you never know a person until you actually get to know a person's heart or personality. I can relate this to my life because I met one of my best friends in 6th grade. At first she was really shy and I didn't know how our friendship was going to work because I talk a lot. Now she talks more than I do and we're really close.

“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.”

My second implication is that when you're a friend to someone it means you do things to make them happy even if sometimes it's not what you want to do. Also, just being someone's friend can make someone really happy. I can relate this to my life because sometimes my friends want to go somewhere or do something that I don't want to do but I go with them because they want me to be there and because they've been my friend and done the same things for me.

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2 years ago
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I liked your implication on how not to judge a book by its cover. I can really relate this to my life because I try to not judge people by how they look and to learn who they are and what kind of life they come from.

2 years ago
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I think that your implication that you can learn to like a person even if they're not like you is exactly what E.B. White was portraying.

2 years ago
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Great job! I can relate all of my implications to my life and I definitely agree with your implication about "don't judge a book by its cover." In my group of friends I am the shy one and I never thought that I would be friends with the people that I am with now.

2 years ago
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And when I was on my church trip this weekend, we went to the mall, and my friend wanted to go into build-a-bear, and I didn't, but i did because my friend wanted to, even though I didn't.

2 years ago
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The implication about learning to like a person even though they are different than you is wonderful!!! I use that every day! I have so many people that seem different from me actually make the greatest of friends!

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication don't judge a book by it's cover. I agree because I can relate this to life a lot and I do it a lot. For example I judge food like nasty things that look nasty but they aren't.

2 years ago
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I like how you related this to life. You showed how friendship can really change someones life. A simple friendship can effect someone in so many ways.

2 years ago
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i completely agree with the implications of doing something for a friend if it makes them happy even if your giving something up and i relate a lot to that because if your a good friend of mine ill always put them before myself because i believe thats the right thing to do.

2 years ago
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I agree that with friendship you become happier. Friendship to me makes my day complete because without some of my best friends I don't know what I would do. I also agree with your implication that you can't just judge someone because they aren't exactly like you, because one of my best friends when I first met her she was not shy but she wasn't quite as loud and energetic like me, but once I really got to know her, I realized that we were really similar, we are so similar that people call us twins. Not because of how we look but because how we act.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication about doing something you don't want to do but you do it anyway because you are their friend. I can relate this to my life because just the other day at the movies my friend wanted to go to refill her drink and I didn't want to miss the movie but I went anyway because she is my friend.