Friends and Mentors in <i>The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web</i>, and <i>Bambi</i>

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152647
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849192 | DOI:
Friends and Mentors in The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web, and Bambi

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This chapter considers three of the most beloved stories in the entire corpus of children's literature: The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web, and Bambi. Each of these stories explores different qualities of friendship; however, Charlotte's Web and Bambi move our reflection on the meaning of friendship toward a consideration of that special kind of friend who is a mentor. The Wind in the Willows is about friendship in its purest form, where no friend is superior to the other, where each friend stands to benefit from the unique gifts of the other. The spider in Charlotte's Web endeavors to explain to Wilbur why she responded to his need for a friend and dedicates herself to saving his life through the ingenious ploy of spinning words in her web.

Keywords: The Wind in the Willows; Charlotte's Web; Bambi; children's literature; friendship

Chapter.  7180 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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