Who do you blame for the tragic end of the Fly in the poem “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Botham Howitt?
In Mary Howitt’s poem “The Spider and the Fly” the Fly met her tragic end due to her own foolishness. It was not that she did not know the consequence of stepping into the Spider’s parlour. She was well aware of the Spider’s evil intentions and that is why she refused all the initial offers of the Spider.
But vanity is a dangerous thing, and the Spider used that as his choice weapon to flatter the silly Fly. She could easily get away from the place when she sensed the danger for the first time. But she did not, and rather got carried away very easily at the flattering words of the Spider. She got lost in the thought of her own beauty when she unknowingly came closer to the Spider and thus came her fall. Therefore, I do not think that there is any doubt about it that the fly herself was responsible for her tragic end.