SPINNING A WEB OF STORIES
Who can forget about Charlotte’s Web, a well-known children’s book about the friendship of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider? This story has inspired so many people to go vegan, or to at least realize that animals have feelings, too! Living in a farmhouse most of his life, E.B. White was surrounded by different kinds of animals. Seeing how intelligent these beings were and bothered by what happened to them once they were taken to the slaughterhouse, White felt the need to write a story about farm animals, as shared by Abraham Piper in his article at Twenty Two Words. White decided to write a novel about rescuing a livestock pig but was not sure who to pick as the “knight in shining armor.” He eventually found inspiration in a small but eye-catching gray spider in his house, according to a 2011 article at Writer’s Digest. The spider proved herself an artist after she meticulously wove an intricate web. The spider may be small, but she -- along with other farm animals -- played a huge role in White’s life and became an even bigger part of everyone’s childhood: She was an inspiration for one of the main characters in the best-selling book.