Charlotte's Web | Study Guide

E.B. White

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E.B. White

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Children's Book



Perspective and Narrator

Charlotte's Web is told by a third-person narrator. In the beginning of the story, the point of view is the human child's, Fern's. From then on, it's mostly the pig's, Wilbur's. The narrator sometimes reveals what the spider, Charlotte, is thinking and often gives descriptions of nature in great detail.


Charlotte's Web is narrated in the past tense. Occasionally the narrator makes a passing observation in the present tense.

About the Title

Charlotte is the name of the spider who cleverly weaves messages into her web to save the life of her friend Wilbur, the pig, from being killed for food. The word web is also used figuratively. Farm life is like a web of interconnected activities and types of communication, and Charlotte is the intellectual leader of the barnyard.


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