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A White Heron

***** Heron - Sarah Orne Jewett

***** is a story with sever*****l important themes, and one of them is pastoral innocence coming into contact ***** ***** conflict ***** the loss of innocence in a modern, industrial world. The tone, ***** and character development in th***** 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 in which ethical choices are at h*****, ***** story line is plausible, and humans are placed in natural world settings.

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

Indeed, nine*****year old Sylvia is the central character, ***** protagonist; she is a working class girl but *****s don't know exactly what city she lives near but it ***** in New England, ***** a manufactur*****g center. This city near where ***** is living is an industrially focused metropolis, and the shy ***** has somehow grown "afraid of folks" (598, Nor*****n Anthology of American Literature), ***** when one thinks about it is not that unusual for a ***** who "...feels as if she were a part of ***** gray shadows and moving leaves..."

Sylvia h***** been adopted by ********** grandmother, a widow, and lives in a t*****y house in the middle ***** a wooded area. What readers ***** about Sylvia right away is that she loves th***** natural world setting ***** is not involved in any apparent stress or pressure. That wooded w*****ld ***** ***** daily has to hunt down her dairy cow is something 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 the time *****re was, and very little use to make of it." And so with all that time on her hands, it's reas*****able ***** expect an alert yet shy young girl with no playmates to become fascinated with birds and animals in the forest. Sylvia's grandmother mentioned that Sylvia had a kn*****ck ***** "...straying ***** out-of-doors" and gr*****ma also believed that the "...wild creatures counts her one o' themselves" (599).

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


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