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Analysis

Literary Devices in Charlotte's Web

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Close your eyes and picture this: a big barn, lots of hay, plenty of noisy animals, and a few insects. Throw in a farmer and his wife, some homemade blueberry pie (yum), a rope swing for the kids,...

Narrator Point of View

Charlotte's Web gives us a narrator who knows it all. Our third-person storyteller never shows up in the story and doesn't have much of a personality. But this point of view does give us a peak at...

Genre

There's no doubt about it: Charlotte's Web is written primarily for young folks. We know this just by looking at our cast of characters. When you have lots of growing animals and a couple of kids t...

Tone

When it comes to tone, our narrator can be a straight shooter. He tells us what's what and who's who without any fuss. If you want to know what's going down without much commentary, this narrator i...

Writing Style

In Charlotte's Web, details take the cake. Or the blueberry pie. Everywhere we turn, this story gives us tons of detailed description, which means that we get oodles of information about the little...

What's Up With the Title?

Charlotte's Web refers, well, to Charlotte's web. Yep, in the novel Charlotte weaves lots of webs and they have a huge impact on the storyline. In fact, Charlotte's webs have a way of saving lives,...

What's Up With the Ending?

Talk about a bittersweet ending. Here's why we're thinking the end of this book is one part sad and one part happy:Hand us the tissues because…Charlotte dies. Alone. Do we have to say more? We'd...

Tough-o-Meter

Charlotte's Web is the kind of book that you want to read while snuggled up in bed. E. B. White uses pretty simple words and short sentences, so it's an easygoing read. Plus, there are lots of illu...

Plot Analysis

A Sweet Life on the FarmWilbur is the runt of the litter, but Fern thinks he's still an awesome pig so she saves his life. The Zuckermans think Wilbur is pretty swell too, so they buy the little gu...

Trivia

Four years before writing Charlotte's Web, E.B. White wrote an essay called Death of a Pig. What's cool is that it's based on actual events. But here's the sad spoiler alert: the pig dies. (What, y...

Steaminess Rating

You can look far and wide on the Zuckerman barn and there's one thing you are not going to find: sex. Nope, no sex here, folks. Okay, well we guess there are a couple of instances where animals hav...
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