Charlotte’s Web and Death


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“No one was with her when she died.” That is the last line in Charlotte’s story. It’s a lonely, wrenching, heartbreaking line, as simple and perfect as the rest of the novel.

“Charlotte’s Web” is all about finding the story in the small lives. The pig who doesn’t want to be eaten, the scavenging rat, the soft-hearted little farmgirl. But the greatest story of all belongs to Charlotte, who lived both the smallest life of all, dying within the pages of the novel, and the longest, having saved Wilbur and having given birth to generations of spiders.

Yet, even so, her death is so very sad.


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