Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two American Classics

This is Appalachian Fair Week around these parts. The Appalachian Fair is classic Americana. You can tour agricultural exhibits, see a beauty pageant or talent show, enjoy live music, ride the ferris wheel and indulge in funnel cakes, cotton candy, corn dogs and lemonade till you puke!
One of my favorite works of classic American literature ties in beautifully with the fair. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White has its most pivotal moments at the county fair.
You probably all know the story. In case you do not, here is a little summary:
Wilbur is a pig that becomes friends with a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur realizes that his fate is to one day be slaughterd, Charlotte comes to his aid. She begins spinning webs that feature sayings like "Some Pig" in Wilbur's pen.
Charlotte's amazing webs create quite a spectacle. When she accompanies Wilbur to the county fair, her webs give Wilbur an edge. In the end, Wilbur wins a prize at the couny fair, saving him from the slaughter house.
The sad part of this story is that Charlotte dies, but leaves behind her eggs. Wilbur takes care of the eggs that Charlotte left until they hatch. Most of the spiders go off on their own, but three stay at the farm to be with Wilbur.
This story beautifully illustrates the circle of life and true friendship. E.B. White's sense of humor makes it a highly entertaining read. Just have the tissues handy! 

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