The Importance Of Friendship In Wilbur's Stories

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Friendship can be a very rewarding and important part of life. Wilbur faces the possibility of death twice in the novel. Despite Wilbur coming close to death, he is saved each time. Without Fern’s love he would have been killed as a runt, and without Charlotte’s love he would be killed for Christmas dinner. Throughout the book, Fern and Charlotte develop a friendship with Wilbur.
The first example of friendship is that of Wilbur and Fern. This friendship begins more of a mother and child relationship. Fern shows loyalty to Wilbur until the end of the book. At the end, Fern seems to lose interest in Wilbur and takes up an interest in a boy. The mother and child relationship reappears with Wilbur and Charlotte because Charlotte is also quite motherly towards Wilbur several times during the book. For example, “May I go out to my trough and see if I left any of my supper,” says Wilbur and then Charlotte says, “Very well, but I want you in bed again without delay”. Even though the mother and child relationship reappears the overall level of friendship is quite different. Charlotte and Wilbur’s friendship exceeds Wilbur’s friendship with Fern. Even when Charlotte is tired and near the end of her life, she is still thinking of ways to help Wilbur. Charlotte remains completely loyal until death. Even though Charlotte died in the end, she sees the importance given to her life from helping Wilbur. “By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows

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