It is quite often we see people have the determination to help another individual. However, in E. B. White’s, “Charlotte’s Web” a story filled with friendship, loyalty, and most of all the drive to help another being. The readers are shown how one’s courage can go a long way. The readers can see right from the beginning the power of determination when Fern goes after her dad to save Wilbur from being killed, how Charlotte create words from her web to also save Wilbur from being eaten, and when Wilbur does everything in his power to save Charlotte from dying.
It is amazing how an individual just decides to help another being without knowing anything about him or her. Therefore, the power of determination is shown several times throughout the book. Right from the start of the story, the power of determination is revealed when Fern runs outside when she sees her father carrying an ax. Fern learned that her father is going to kill one of the pigs because it is a runt. Having sympathy for the pig, “she took hold of the ax and tried to pull it out of her father’s hand” (White 3).
Fern pulling away the ax from her father reveals the courageous little girl that she is. She knows that killing the pig just because it was born little is unfair. She believes that the pig is innocent and did nothing wrong and does not deserve to die. Going after her father and clinging unto that ax shows tremendous courage. Not only she tells him to stop and not kill the pig, she holds on to the ax and reasons with her father. For being only a little girl, Fern shows remarkable bravery. For this determination act she is able to save the pig from death and is allowed to take care of him.
The power of determination is shown again when Wilbur, the pig Fern saved is now at the Zuckerman’s Farm. Wilbur has grown to be quite a pig, making friends with the other animals and especially Charlotte the spider. However, Wilbur is told that they are fattening him up for Christmas dinner. Distraught by the news, Charlotte, “promised Wilbur that she would save his life, she was determined to keep her promise” (66). Promising to save someone else’s life is bold. However, Charlotte is determined to do whatever in her power to save Wilbur’s life.
Like Fern, Charlotte too believes that Wilbur is innocent and killing him will be unfair. Thus, Charlotte spins her web to create words that describe Wilbur. The words: SOME PIG, TERRIFIC, RADIANT, and HUMBLE creates a buzz far and wide making people come to the bard and see the miraculous event that has happen. With these actions by Charlotte, Wilbur earns a price and twenty-five dollars for the Zuckermans at the County Fair. Gaining popularity for the Zuckermans earns Wilbur his life. Although Charlotte had the choice of not helping Wilbur like the other animals, she helps him instead.
This type of determination to save another being is not seen often. It takes a lot of courage. It reveals how the power of determination can go a long way and can even save a life. The power of determination to saving a life is amazing to witness, especially when one believes the other does not deserve to be killed. Therefore, Charlotte shows a great deal of courage when fighting for Wilbur’s life. As the story ends, readers are witnessing again the power of determination. Wilbur, knowing that Charlotte’s egg sac is about to hatch and seeing Charlotte weakening.
He knows that he owes his life to Charlotte. However, he knows that he cannot save Charlotte from death. Wilbur realizes that the only thing he can do now is to save Charlotte’s memory and to carry it on, “he thought of the egg sac and the five hundred and fourteen little spiders… If Charlotte herself was unable to go home to the barn, at least he must take her children along” (166). This reveals Wilbur’s power of determination. Although he know Charlotte is going to die soon, he still tries to finds way to save her and even offers his life for her.
But by taking Charlotte’s egg sac home to the barn, he can preserve Charlotte’s memory. Seeing that this is the only way he can help Charlotte, he makes an offer with Templeton the rat in order for him to take the sac and transfer it to Wilbur’s box carefully. By Wilbur’s power of determination to save Charlotte’s eggs, he is able to save Charlotte’s memory. He is then able to tell her children how wonderful and brave their mother was. In this story, a great deal of bravery when it comes to saving someone’s life is shown through the power of determination.
Each one of them is filled with compassion for others. Fern’s sympathy for Wilbur is revealed when she reasons her father on not killing Wilbur. Charlotte’s courageous act with her web earns Wilbur’s life back. As for Wilbur, being saved by Charlotte, his quick thinking with the egg sac shows his willpower and the only way he can help Charlotte. All these characters had the choice to not save another being, but full of sympathy and kindness, each one shows that with determination they can save others.
Their determination to save other individual shows the kind of being they are. Fern’s determination shows us that she is fearless and will stand for what she believes is right. Charlotte’s determination illustrates her boldness and she will do everything in her power to save Wilbur’s life. Wilbur’s determination proves that he is loyal to Charlotte and offering his life for her is the greatest example of a true friendship. Thus, Charlotte’s Web reveals that with the power of determination anything is possible.