Friday, August 27, 2010

Charlotte's Web


Charlotte spins words of salvation: "Some Pig" and "Terrific" into her web, and this "miracle" makes gullible people believe that Wilbur is indeed a special pig. Wilbur becomes a local star, bringing fame and fortune to the Zuckerman's farm and allowing Wilbur to escape the fate of slaughter. The real miracle is, of course, that Charlotte was able to find the words that saved Wilbur, but the people are too mermerized by the material, the words in Charlotte's web, to believe anything but that this pig was sent from God as a sign of divinity.

E. B. White's classic novel Charlotte's Web (1952) is a moving story about friendship, but it's also the story of the power of the pen, suggestion, presentation, simple marketing tools, and how easily people can be swayed if you can play on their emotions and their faith, or if you can just somehow grab their attention long enough.

Related link:
Banned Books Week: Charlotte's Web - October 1, 2009

Why was charlotte's web the book banned? - WikiAnswers