This thesis aims at examining the relationship of humans and animals, revealed in the two works of E. B. White, one of the renowned writers in children’s literature.: Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan. Beginning with the explanation of animal fantasy, the relationship between children and animals, space, the use of instruments, morality and the sense of responsibility were examined. In Charlotte’s Web the expansion of space was examined in relation with the runt, Wilbur. From the pigsty, Wilbur’s birthplace, his living space is moved to Fern’s kitchen, and when Wilbur grows up, the space is moved to the barn, where fantasy-like events take place. Despite the closed, limited space of a barn, the events which occur there play the role of making it an important space. It decides the matter of life and death. Charlotte’s Web began with the question, “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” and it creates an atmosphere of tension, while dealing with life and death. A barn is an important place where the life and death of animals co-exist. The Trumper of the Swan has the same structure and it deals with the relationship of Sam and Swan Luis, who has a speech disorder. In contrast with Fern, Sam directly makes relationships with animals. On the other hand, it is more accurate to say that animals have entered into the space of human beings. Luis seems independent and self-reliant, dealing with his handicap. Sam is a good helper in leading Luis.
Though they look alike in structure, they show a difference in human-animal relationships. In Charlotte’s Web, for example, humans enter into the world of animals. In The Trumpet of the Swan, however, animals come into the world of humans. The entrance of human into the animal world and vice versa can be interpreted as the intention of White not to distinguish humans from animals. He lived close to animals, away from the city. In nature he could observe and watch animals. Based on his experience, he wrote Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, which are still loved in children’s literature until now. In the course of dealing with the crisis protagonist animals and how they solve their limits, humans and nature are not divided nor separated from each other. The fact that they co-exist and help one another is in agreement with ecological life which human beings support in modern times.