July 10, 2017

My Favorite Character

Everyone has a favorite character in a novel that resonates with them far after the final page has been turned and the book is placed on the shelf. For me, this character is Charlotte from E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web." I may be a bit biased because it is also my favorite book but allow me to expand on why I love Charlotte.
Charlotte is:
  • Creative. Throughout the novel, Charlotte gets ideas from other pieces of literature (newspaper clippings, can goods, books, etc.) to help Wilbur sustain his life. I am the same. I get a lot of my ideas as an author and teacher when I am out in society doing the regular mundane tasks of life such as driving, traveling, shopping, or simply observing people.
  • Wise. She was able to discern a problem and use her wits to create a solution to save Wilbur's life. Pretty spiffy if you ask me.
  • A Good Friend. No matter what, Charlotte was determined to save Wilbur's life and give timely advice to the other farm animals.
  • A Great Writer. Who else could spin a web and write "Some Pig," 'Terrific," "Radiant," and "Humble?" with poise and elegance for a purpose? Charlotte, of course.
They say you become what you read, so I believe in many ways, Charlotte is me - always caring and concerned about the good of the world and leaving a legacy to be remembered.

At the novel's end, the narrator reflects on Wilbur's thoughts on Charlotte, and these words resonate with me and rarely leave my heart or thoughts: 
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. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

How eloquent is that? I want to be like Charlotte - a true friend and a good writer. And now that I look back at the adjectives used to describe Wilbur, I can say we share a lot in common, too. Minus being a pig.

I've shared with you my favorite character from a novel. Share yours with me in the comments.

Until my next blog, I wish you peace, hugs, and flowing ink/typing keys.....


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