Sunday, August 30, 2015

Characters with character: FRIENDSHIP

Reblogged from: Reviews in Chalk

Charlotte's Web/Stuart Little Slipcase Gift Set - E.B. White, Garth Williams
Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White

Everybody knows the plot of this adorable story, which is centered in Wilbur and Charlotte's friendship. A spider and a pig being best friends is certainly unusual, but they both show the deepness of their friendship in many ways along the story:

Wilbur accepts Charlotte the way she is. Although Wilbur is glad of having a friend and not being lonely anymore, he wonders if he could love someone "fierce" and "bloodthirsty" like Charlotte. He puts aside these thoughts and allows himself to discover Charlotte's kind heart.

Charlotte keeps her promise of helping Wilbur. She thinks and works hard to save her friend, and at the end, even feeling exhausted, she remains at Wilbur's side.

Wilbur trusts Charlotte. He knows his friend will come up with a plan to save him. And Charlotte trusts Wilbur her children when she knows she can't make it back to the farm.

Wilbur gives up something important for Charlotte. He makes the "solemn promise" to Templeton the rat of let him eat first from his own trough if Templeton gets Charlotte's egg sac for Wilbur.

Wilbur remains faithful to Charlotte taking care of many generations of her descendants.
And he misses her:
"Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and
grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her
place in his heart. She was in a class by herself.
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend
and a good writer. Charlotte was both."

*This review is part of my project Characters with character.

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