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"Charlotte is truly the ideal role model of unconditional love in Charlotte's Web." Do you agree with this quotation? Support your answer with close evidence from the novel.

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Introduction

"Charlotte is truly the ideal role model of unconditional love in Charlotte's Web." Do you agree with this quotation? Support your answer with close evidence from the novel. In fantasy like Charlotte's Web, the animals are true to their natures, yet similar to people. They think and worry and love and hurt and laugh and needle one another as people do. In Charlotte's Web, human truths of friendship and love are revealed. I strongly agree with the statement that Charlotte is truly the ideal role model of unconditional love and will support my stand by highlighting Charlotte's selfless acts, contrasting her with Templeton, showing why he is the complete opposite of her, comparing her with other models of love such as Fern, Mrs. Arable and the goose and lastly, proving that Wilbur's change is a result of her unconditional love. We know Charlotte's nature very well. She was Wilbur's best friend and saviour; beautiful and intelligent. As White put it, "It's not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." She is not only motherly, but hardworking, and her web words prove it. She is the same wise and selfless character at the end of the story that she was at the beginning, which makes her the ideal model of unconditional love. ...read more.

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Just watch what you're doing, Mr. Radiant." Templeton boasts about every grudging action and every carefully bought favour; he even pretends his motives are kind when he bites Wilbur's tail or saves the rotten egg. Complaining, "What do you think I am, anyway, a rat-of-all-work?" Templeton resentfully orders the directors' meeting to break up because meetings bore him. He grumbles at his commission- finding words for the web; he is not spending all his time rushing over to the dump after "advertising material." He characterizes himself by what he says, showing himself to be cynical and selfish, resenting any intrusion on his own pursuits. The animals carefully watch his furtive actions since they neither like nor thrust Templeton. The old sheep enlists Templeton's help in finding words, saying that the rat can be persuaded only by appeals to his "baser instincts, of which he has plenty." The goose also indicated that the rat "had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no higher feeling, no friendliness, no anything." Comparing Charlotte to Templeton, we can immediately brand Templeton as devoid of love. We can also compare Charlotte with other models of love such as Fern, Mrs. Arable and the goose, of whom can be said to possess motherly love- Fern to Wilbur, Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

His motive for action is selfless concern. Happy and confident, he honestly admires Charlotte's peach-coloured egg sac and gazes lovingly into the faces of the crowd. He looks both grateful and humble. During winter Wilbur warms the egg sac with his breath in the cold barn. By the end of the story, it is Wilbur who offers the first mature greeting, a cheerful Hello! for the baby spiders. The change is significant and it occurs slowly. Little by little events have moulded a self-centred child into responsible maturity. Wilbur's protection of Charlotte's egg sac, his sacrifice of first turn at the slops, and his devotion to Charlotte's babies- giving without any need to stay even or to pay back shows us that true love is reciprocal. Charlotte's unconditional love has touched Wilbur so much so that he possesses this quality of love as well. We read, "Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart" and this is an indication of real, unconditional love that is irreplaceable. Comparing and contrasting Charlotte with the other characters in Charlotte's Web has shown that the degree of Charlotte's love is incomparable and irreplaceable. She is indeed the ideal role model of unconditional love. ...read more.

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