Fridge / Charlotte's Web

Book Examples

Fridge Brilliance

  • Having Uncle win the blue ribbon and Wilbur win the medal isn't just a way to tease the reader's emotions, but also a way to ensure that neither of the named pig characters has to become pork chops. Wilbur survives because he's become a celebrity, and Uncle survives because, as the local prize pig, he'll be in demand as a stud boar.
    • There's also a very logical reason for Uncle to have won: his size. Wilbur, having been a runt, was lucky to have even reached average size. It was likely Fern's care that let him grow even that large.
  • Fern's family name is Arable, which is a word meaning "well-tilled or fertile land." Considering this is a farm family, this was an extremely good tongue-in-cheek move.

Fridge Logic:

  • People see a lot of positive things written about a pig in a spider web and are thus impressed with the pig. No one seems to care that there is a literate spider.
    • Edith points this out, stating that they don't have a remarkable pig, they have a remarkable spider. Homer dismisses it. The unspoken conclusion is that God put the words in the web, not some ordinary gray spider.
    • The novel touches on it very briefly. They don't grant Charlotte much credit, but when Mrs. Arable learns that Avery nearly hit "the Zuckermans' spider" with a stick, she's so shocked she sends him to bed without supper.
  • So, the Zuckermans see absolutely no problem in killing the pig that their niece spent so much time raising so lovingly for his meat? Does no one in this family, aside from Fern herself, see anything wrong with this at all?
    • It's pretty harsh, yeah, but I think the Zuckermans might have seen it as a learning opportunity. Fern won't be able to romanticize and anthropomorphize the animals forever — she's a farm girl, and slaughters will be a part of her life.
      • You also have to ask yourself why Fern's mom told her the truth about what Dad was going to do to the piglet in the first place. Yes, slaughter will be part of Fern's life as she grows up, but honestly, how did Mom think her sensitive eight-year-old was going to react? You could make the argument that in exposing Fern to this truth too soon, yet then saving the animal, her parents actually run the risk that she will romanticize and anthropomorphize far longer than is appropriate.
    • Probably because of the above, that, and a lot of parents don't want to "sugarcoat" the truth, in which case, that's why. The "romanticize and anthropomorphizing" probably wasn't intended

Live Action Examples

Fridge Logic

  • In a retort to the book example above the live action movie uses a much more logical realistic answer.
    Interviewer: Where's the spider who did all this?
    Homer: Well...we looked everywhere, but we couldn't find one.
    (cue to Wilbur and Charlotte giggling to each other)