Briefly mention the four ways in which the spider tries to lure the fly in Mary Howitt’s poem ‘The Spider and the Fly’.
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In Howitt’s famous poem ‘The Spider and the Fly’, the spider uses four ways to lure the fly —
- Firstly, the spider extends to the fly a charming invitation into his home, mentioning its ‘winding stairs’ and ‘many pretty things’.
- Then the spider feigns concern for the fly. He pretends to fret over how tired the fly must be and offers her a respite from the day’s activities upon his little bed.
- Thirdly, he tries to manipulate the fly into feeling guilty for not accepting his many gestures of friendship. He again mentions his ‘pantry good store of all that’s nice’.
- And last but not the least, flattery is the spider’s go-to way, his choice weapon. He compliments the fly’s wit and wisdom, her gauzy wings and her bright eyes. This time, the spider is successful in luring the fly.
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