Charlotte’s Web

by

E. B. White

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Charlotte’s Web: Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Wilbur and Charlotte grow closer each day. He even learns to appreciate her diet, as it keeps flies away from him and the other farm animals. As Wilbur’s admiration for Charlotte grows, so does his girth—he becomes larger, gaining weight and sleeping almost all the time. One afternoon, an old sheep makes a comment on Wilbur’s weight, and warns him sadly that Homer, Edith, and Lurvy are fattening him up so they can kill him and “turn [him] into smoked bacon.” Wilbur becomes hysterical, running around the barn screaming about how he doesn’t want to die.
Wilbur is beginning to accept some of the nastier parts of life among the animals—but when the old sheep reveals that Wilbur himself is not exempt from the cruelties of nature and the circle of life, he becomes despondent.
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Charlotte urges Wilbur to be quiet. Wilbur asks Charlotte if what the old sheep has said is true. Charlotte, who has not been around very long, says she trusts the old sheep’s word. As Wilbur throws himself on the ground, keening and crying, Charlotte urges the pig to pull himself together—she promises that she will find a way to save him.
Though Wilbur is unable to think straight when he hears the news about his owners’ plans for him, Charlotte keeps her head and begins thinking practically right away about how to keep Wilbur both calm and safe.
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Mortality and Rebirth Theme Icon
The Natural World  Theme Icon
Growing Up Theme Icon
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