Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White and E. White Essay

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In the past, while reading Charlotte’s Web to each of my 3 children, I more less thought of it as a text that centered around teaching emotions and feelings of empathy, life and death coping mechanisms as well as unimaginable friendships between two extremely dissimilar creatures.
What I find very interesting is the complexities of applying multiple theories to this particular text for it being a children’s/young reader’s genre. I will take a look at three literary theories, New Historicism, Deconstruction and Reception/Reader response and how we can apply them to the story.

I am really in shock of the different levels I keep seeing being brought forward after my studies. I would like to read it again in its entirety after this
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He wrote two other children’s fantasy books, including Stuart Little (1945) and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970) besides Charlotte's Web (1952). In 1959 he revised The Elements of Style one of his Cornell professor’s William Strunk, Jr., which became a standard style manual for writers. White earned a Pulitzer Prize special citation in 1978. (Cech 1983 web n. pag)

In White’s work he showed his love and respect for animals. According to Chloë Schama, from Smithsonian Magazine, she states that in a 1947 essay for the Atlantic Monthly, he describes several days and nights spent with an ailing pig—one he had originally intended to butcher. “[The pig’s] suffering soon became the embodiment of all earthly wretchedness,” White wrote. The animal died, but had he recovered it is very doubtful that White would have had the heart to carry out his intentions. “The loss we felt was not the loss of ham but the loss of pig,” he wrote in the essay. That sentiment also became part of the inspiration for Charlotte’s Web.

White had a life long struggle with anxiety, he was the youngest of seven children and often felt isolated, besides the kinship later in life with his colleagues and fellow editors at the New Yorker, he took to talking to animals and befriending them he liked to spend as much time as possible around nonhuman creatures. "This boy," wrote White about himself as a child, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." Charlotte's Web is about

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