What did we think about the ending of the book? Are we happy that three spiders remained to “entertain” Wilbur? I felt like his petulance did not deserve a reward, but maybe listening to the book enhanced the whiny-ness/petulance.
Before reading the Ratelle essay, did you think of Wilbur as a pig? Or a little boy? Or a mix of both? Is the argument valid that White could be writing animals just as animals?
Why was Uncle written that way? Was it a lost opportunity to show readers that pigs are intelligent, delightful creatures?
Was there a clear reason to assign a male gender to Wilbur and Templeton, and a female gender to Charlotte and Fern?