The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly

by Mary Botham Howitt

What is the theme of the poem “The Spider and the Fly”?

QuestionsWhat is the theme of the poem “The Spider and the Fly”?
vinit asked 3 years ago

Comment on the theme of Mary Botham Howitt’s poem “The Spider and the Fly”.

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

Mary Howitt’s poem “The Spider and the Fly” is a fable in verse that delivers a lesson — never pay heed to flattery of an evil counsellor. The poetess herself conveys this message rather directly in the very last stanza of the poem.

The poem basically tells us a tale of a spider and a fly where the spider successfully seduced the fly by flattering words and trapped it as a prey. So the theme here is the power of flattery — the destructive effect of vanity. It has been a cautionary tale against those who use flattery and charm to disguise their evil intentions.

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