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Why does Charlotte the spider die in Charlotte's Web?

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wazup | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 7, 2007 at 4:32 AM via web

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Why does Charlotte the spider die in Charlotte's Web?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 7, 2007 at 6:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Spiders do not live very long, and Charlotte reaches the end of her life cycle just after creating her eggs and egg sac.

From a dramatic point of view, Charlotte dies to give the book a sad, but useful climax.

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 9, 2007 at 4:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Charlotte dies in the end to illustrate the circle of life. Wilbur lived, even though the runt is typically left to die on a farm, yet, after creating life-Charlotte's purpose has been fulfilled.

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talemaker | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 13, 2007 at 10:47 AM (Answer #3)

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 each time wilbur tells the story of charlotte, he continues to give her life.  in such a why we can, if we are lucky, have immortality.  charlotte's death, her true death, will come when no one can recall her name, cannot recall her deed(s), when she fades from memory.

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paulettegb | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted August 31, 2011 at 5:26 AM (Answer #4)

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It illustrates the circle of life.  In Judaism, when our loved ones recount their fond memories of us we continue to live.  Wilbur tells each new generation of Charlotte's decendants about her life and what she did for him.  In that way, lives on.

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