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Charlotte's Web

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Department
English
Course
English 2033E
Professor
Gabrielle Ceraldi
Semester
Winter

Description
th Children’s Lit – Feb 13 Charlotte’s Web - Life and death dilemma at center, but no real villain - No sense of competition - Abundance of resources - Post-war plentitude - Individual selfishness not a threat to the community - Charlotte makes arguments similar to the justification for human farming when she justifies her killing for food - Necessity (no one feeds her like Wilbur and the other barn animals) - Tradition (it’s what spiders have always done) - Humane practices/mercy (she puts her victims to sleep before she eats them) - Ecological purposes (keep fly population down) – her self-interest here aligns with everyone else’s interests - Charlotte wields power through language - She can make people see what she wants them to see and change their opinions - Able to change Wilbur’s self-image and make him more confident in himself - Identified as a “writer” at the end of the book - Teaches new words (s
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