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Known as Incy Wincy Spider in British territories, this rhyme uses allegorical representation to describe the class struggles in America.

Nursery Rhymes have been known to teach children many things, functioning as co-curricular exercises at the preschool level. Through certain rhymes, children learn to count, to follow hygiene, and to even say their alphabets. Most of the rhymes, however, have been written with the intent to mask the truth about Reformation England in a form that is non-threatening to any particular group of people. It is one of the ways that certain integral histories have survived in the minds of the people.

Itsy Bitsy Spider is one such rhyme among others. Most of the rhymes written during this time focus on the religious crusades and persecutions carried out by the ruthless monarchy. This rhyme changes the theme a little. It focuses on the people as a society, and it is not about England, but the American Society.


A spider web in the rain The use of a spider to denote the lower strata of the American Dream is interesting because spiders usually live in dark places, and only come out or climb high to secure food. Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Known as Incy Wincy Spider in British territories, this rhyme uses allegorical representation to describe the class struggles in America. The lower-class people are depicted as spider who try hard to climb a 'water spout', the social ladder, but have to weather harsh conditions to do so. Often, they are pushed down by rain, or have a tough time because of the upper-class. The use of a spider to denote the lower strata of the American Dream is interesting because spiders usually live in dark places, and only come out or climb high to secure food. They are otherwise a self-sufficient species, spinning webs (homes) anywhere.

The rhyme does not explicitly teach the young children this social truth. Instead, it has been set to music, and turned into a cognitive exercise to enhance muscle movement and cognition in children. They twist their fingers according to the actions of the song, learning to associate the spider's struggle with the initial difficulty to perform the complicated action.

Keywords: Class Divide, American Dream, Rhyme, Spider


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