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A White Heron

White Heron - Sarah Orne Jewett

This is a story with several important themes, and one of them is pastoral innocence coming into contact ***** ***** conflict ***** the loss of innocence in a modern, *****dustrial world. The tone, ***** and character development in this story follows along ***** lines ***** what is known as American literary real*****m; indeed, realism is evident in a story when character ***** more critical to the ***** than plot or the actual action. Realism is a strategy ***** which ethical choices are at h*****, ***** s*****ry line ***** plausible, and humans are placed in n*****ural world settings.

In A White Heron, those elements are very much present. This is a story in ***** the character of ***** innocent girl ***** more ***** to the reader than the precise steps that are taken in ***** plot. This is a very *****triguing and original tale about the innocence of a girl who seems ***** like the creatures ***** the natural world than she seems like young people her own age. The story embraces ***** changes ***** challenges facing a young girl ***** ***** is confronted with a potential loss of innocence.

Indeed, nine*****year old Sylvia is the central character, ***** protagonist; she is a working class ***** but readers don't know exactly what city she lives near but it is in New England, ***** a m*****nufacturing center. This city near where she is living is an industrially focused metropol*****, and the shy Sylvia has somehow grown "afraid of folks" (598, Norton Anthology of American Literature), which when one thinks about it is not that unusual for a girl who "...feels *****s if she were a p*****rt ***** the gray shadows and moving leaves..."

***** has been adopted by her gr*****mother, a widow, and lives in a tiny house in the middle of a wooded **********. What readers know about Sylvia right away is that she loves this natural ***** sett*****g ***** is ***** involved in any apparent stress or pressure. That wooded w*****ld where she daily has to hunt down her dairy cow is someth*****g of a metaphor for a pastoral place beyond the boundary of the real and ugly world.

Jewett wr*****es (page 597, Norton) that Sylvia "...***** all ***** time t*****e was, and ***** little use to make of it." And so with all that time on her h*****s, it's reasonable ***** expect an alert yet shy young girl with no playmates to become fascinated with birds and animals in the forest. Sylvia's grandmo*****r mentioned ***** Sylvia had a knack of "...straying ***** out-of-doors" and grandma also believed that the "...wild ***** counts her one o' themselves" (599).

***** child could be considered a metaphor for ***** in the genre of realism. She ***** well be thought of as a symbol of what ***** world was ***** before industrialization, before wars, greed, lust for power and control of nature, and before the invention of weapons ***** kill. Her heart "beat fast


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