Webs of Confusion . . .
There are so many dimensions to spider webs. At times they are beautiful works of art, at others a ratty catch-all net. Some are built for protection and shelter. Most are built to attract, trap and kill.
A spider web’s trickiness and deceptive beauty have influenced many writers throughout history. Most often in relationship to a sinister, devious aspect of life. Like … “Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly (Mary Howitt’s entire poem is here)
And how often have we heard … “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!” ~ Sir Walter Scott,
Spider webs complex patterns, invisibility, deception, and strength provide writers with so much imagery for life. I can not think of another object in nature that has so much written about it .. both positive and negative.
“In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.” ~ Paul Eldridge
Spider webs inspire thoughts. Not just about lies and death, but a they also make us contemplate the complexity of life .. how everything is woven together and sometimes held together by invisible threads. Spider webs are amazing architectural structures created by tiny little creatures. We wonder how they are woven so exactly and at how strong they are.
“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.” ~ Virginia Woolf
“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.” ~ Henry James