This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Charlotte's Web: Allegory Of The Barn

1457 words - 6 pages

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a children's novel that tries to instill the values of friendship, loyalty and basic characteristics of humans through an adventure of farm animals. This novel was written in the early 1950's at the time when the world was split by a curtain in two. It is open and direct in topics dealing with traits of certain animals and their role in the society of the "barn", but one cannot disconcert the subtle praise this novel gives to the society that this novel is encompassed by. Charlotte's Web contains re-occurring imagery, which implies that the society in which the characters live in is bountiful and that farm life is relatively easy, and brings the promise of ...view middle of the document...

It may be argued that these descriptions are made so specific in order to indulge the imagination of a child reading this novel. A valid argument can be made that Mr. White consciously or subconsciously introduced this descriptive element to praise and embellish the success of the life that he considers to be rural. One has to stress that any notions of this imagery being used consciously is very unlikely simply because public and open displays in literature were not uncommon at this time and there would be no reason for the author to be this subtle consciously.Another re-occurring image that is the most prominent symbol of Capitalism is not referred to often in this novel but is referred to nevertheless. Money is not something that the author uses here as a force that in some subtle way drives the story of the novel. That is to say, greed is not the force behind the story and monetary references are minor but important when analyzed from a semiotic perspective. Although in Ch II Wilbur is sold it is not specific for how much, but latter on in the story the author describes the abundance of goods at the fair and the freedom the kids enjoy when they get there. Most receive money from their parents and are free to do whatever they wish with the allowance they have received. The significance of this is that, beside of this being a step in maturity of the characters involved, the amount that is dispensed by the adults to Fern and Avery is fairly descriptive again. "Mr. Arable gave Fern two quarters and two dimes. He gave Avery five dimes and four nickels"(131). This type of descriptive imagery is repeated once more when Mr. Zuckerman receives the prize for Wilbur and the author once more tells us "He [the judge] handed Mr. Zuckerman two ten dollar bills and a five dollar bill"(160). It's fairly uncommon to be descriptive about money in this manner in children's novels and one can only assume the meaning and the context in which this was written in.The Fair is another vehicle that is used to emphasize the excess that children indulge themselves to once a year. The author is fairly descriptive as to what one can find at the fair. This is surely done to justify the excitement that Avery and Fern display when they are finally "released" upon the fair. E.B. White is also descriptive as to what Tempelton can find at the fair. The wasted food is plentiful and at one point Tempelton himself said how he "[I] must have eaten the remains of thirty lunches" (148). This laid-back mention of the food that is wasted again brings about the notion of excess, which is the heart of the argument against Capitalism. Food is a re-occurring image that is used to display the excess the people live in E.B.Whites novel. Wilbur being dirty, because he is a pig, is washed by Mr. Zuckerman's farm hand Lurvy with buttermilk. This is not the only instance where food is the symbol of excess. Wilbur's diet...

Other Essays On Charlotte's Web: Allegory Of The Barn

This Is The Book Report Of, "Of Mice And Men." By John Steinbeck. Also Includes My Opinion Of The Book

1586 words - 7 pages explained his life and how he had no one to turn to because the color of his skin. He stated that Lennie was lucky to have someone such as George to look out for him.After Curley was taken to the doctor, Slim entered the barn and joined in the conversation. A few minutes later, Curley's wife is standing in the doorway, asking if any of the men have seen her husband. They all shake their heads and say no. She remains in front of the door trying to

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte (1210 Words)How Is The Way Charlotte Bronte Created The Character Of Jane In Her Novel Jane Eyre Meant To Change Our Veiw Of The Role Of Women ?

1288 words - 6 pages empire and of Darwin. And yet Victorian society was one in which the numbers of domestic servants exceeded those of labourers in any other industry and women had a completely different standing to men under the law. Charlotte's life at this point had been taken up with studying and teaching at various establishments as well as an unsuccessful couple of years as a governess. Her issue - springing as it must, from experience - was thus with the

Robert Louis Stevenson And The Book" Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde"

1902 words - 8 pages wife's insistence that he could (and should) turn it into a powerful allegory, and the second being the published version (Hennessy 180).The will-to-allegory, molded by Paul's cardinal distinction between the spirit and the letter, is a well documented feature of Victorian time hermeneutics. Allegory, in that context, is an interpretive strategy that performs upon the biblical text the kind of splitting here associated with the human psyche. This

Analyzing the Dynamic Role of Women in Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath"

434 words - 2 pages . By beastfeeding the starving man in the barn, Rose of Sharon exhibits Ma's selfless nature as she sacrifices her baby's milk for a complete stranger. Gently stroking the man's hair, Rose of Sharon resembles a mother nurturing her child. As a child of Mother Earth, the starving man helps establish a theme of brotherhood among mankind. Rose of Sharon's heartwarming sacrifice, in addition to Ma's selfless contributions, emphasize the need for individuals to bond together to ensure survival.

A Battle Of Mythical Proportion Paiting: The Horrors Of War By: Peter Paul Ruben

752 words - 4 pages War and peace, love or hate, good verses evil are all analogies that epitomize the father of all conflict. Peter Paul Rubens' oil on canvas piece "The Horrors of War" was completed in 1638 in Florence, Italy.Rubens uses allegory to convey to his audience the effects of war. Greek mythological figures struggle, grasp, and fall as they "dance across the canvas." In the background is a distant battlefield. Figures hover overhead and

Reading Response "Sweat"

813 words - 4 pages soapbox. To her surprise she finds the snake in the bottom of the cloths hamper. This frightens her senseless, so she runs out to the barn to sleep for the night, leaving the snake inside to roam the house. Sykes is stumbling around drunk in the dark looking for matches and is bitten by the snake. Hearing his screams, Delia pokes her head in the barn window and watches as he is brutally murdered by the snake he tried to kill her with. Delia is so stunned by this she either cannot or will not come to his aid. According to Delia, "Sykes will reap what he has sown."

This Essay Is A Brief History Of Rattle And Snap Plantation In Mt. Pleasant, TN. Describes Owners (Past And Present) And Other Information On The House

1726 words - 7 pages graze their animals on. Then one day, the farmers decided they needed a larger storage building. So they opened up the front doors, they opened up the side doors, and they used the home as a barn. They hung burley tobacco from the front reception hall ceiling, they stored hay and grain in the back rooms of the home. They even used the entire second floor as a chicken coop. The home was used as a barn for 32 years, so one can imagine the amount of


845 words - 4 pages becomes a dystopian society in Chapter Five. As it says, "At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs came bounding into the barn. They dashed after Snowball, who only sprang from his pace just in time to escape their snapping jaws. In a moment he was out of the door and they were after him. Too amazed and frightened to speak, all the animals crowded through the door to watch the chase. Snowball was racing across the long

Animal Farm

1536 words - 7 pages animals the workers and the peasants.Old Major, the inspiration of the rebellion, is a combination of Marx, the chief theorist andLenin, the actual leader(Meyers 105). Old Major dies before the rebellion just as Lenin did inthe Russian revolution. In actuality Stalin and Trotsky argue over power after Lenin's death,which Orwell satirizes in Napolean and Snowball.In Animal Farm, Orwell immediately establishes the Soviet political allegory as


531 words - 3 pages John DiFeliceMrs. PattersonCOM 1102January 24, 2014Works CitedFosso, Kurt. "Oedipus crux: reasonable doubt in Oedipus the King." College Literature 39.3 (2012): 26+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.Green, Janet M. "Review of Oedipus Rex." in the Explicator 52.1 (Fall 1993): 2-3. Rpt. in Drama for Students. Ed. David M. Galens and Lynn M. Spampinato. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2014."Hamlet

"The Clansman"

2755 words - 12 pages decided to throw a ball. Everybody in the family went, so did Eisle and Phi. Margaret was dressed was dressed nice. The all of the sudden, Phil looked out the door in amazement. A huge fire lighted up the sky. Then Margaret yelled out, "That's my barn, and all of the animals are in it!" Phil and the family ran to the barn as fast as they could. Most of the animals had gotten out, except for her favorite one, the horse. She wanted to save her, but

Similar Papers

In Not More Than 300 Words, Write A Descriptive Account Of Harmen Steenwyck's "Still Life: An Allegory Of The Vanities Of Human Life"

372 words - 2 pages "An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life" by Harmen Steenwyck is an oil painting which falls within the genre of a "Vanitas" popularised by Dutch painters during the 17th century. The theme of this type of painting is meant to evoke thoughts of the futility of possessions within human life.The angle of vision is close to and looking down drawing the spectators gaze upon a wooden table housing various objects. A strong shaft of light, perhaps

"Barn Burning" By William Faulkner Essay

674 words - 3 pages Barn Burning: An Endless Circle William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning" is the tale of a southern man forced into a role by society. "Barn Burning" takes place in the post Civil War South where a mans place in society is derived by their actions during the war. Ab Snopse, a man who served both the North and the South, is plagued with his non-allegiance and failure to accept authority. When Ab comes into conflict with his employer

Response Essay

3498 words - 14 pages article. A little bit about the spiders The hobo spider is found throughout Washington and makes a funnel web which is a trampoline-like flat sheet leading back into a hole between bricks, under wood or in shrubs. However, there are many closely related species of spiders which also make similar webs so just because you see funnel webs on your property, does not mean that there are hobo spiders in those webs. The scientific name of the hobo spider is

4 Descriptive Essays

565 words - 3 pages hinges. The fall leaves crunched as I walked towards the old barn. Hay mixed with dust spotted the concrete floor and stood in a heap by the corner. The shutters banged rapidly as the wind picked up. Light, shown only through the small holes formed by a tireless woodpeckers life work, illuminated an array of farm tools dulled by lack of use. Dust clung to spider webs up above, pulling them down on the middle. I began to walk back home as small rain