What makes the spider such a cunning character in the poem?

What makes the spider such a cunning character in the poem?

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    The spider is wily and wicked. He knows how to trap naive flies by using flattery and false words. The poet portrays the spider as a manipulative shrewd man who in order to prove their “sincere love” for naive women, symbolized by the fly, can do anything. When the spider sees that materialistic greed didn’t work on the fly, he resorts to the tactics of flattery to lure the fly.

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