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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 and ***** conflict with the loss ***** ***** in a modern, *****dustrial world. The tone, conflict ***** character development in th***** story follows along ***** lines of what is known as American literary realism; indeed, realism is evident in a story when character is more critical to *****e story than plot or the actual action. Realism is a strategy in which ethical choices are at hand, ***** ***** 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 which the ***** of th***** innocent girl is more important to *****e reader than the precise steps that are taken in the *****. This is a very *****triguing and original tale about the innocence of a ***** who seems ***** like ***** creatures of the natural world than she seems ***** young people her own age. The s*****ry embraces the changes and challenges facing a young girl *****s ***** ***** 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, near a manufacturing center. This city near where ***** is living is an industrially focused metropol*****, and the shy ***** has somehow gr***** "afraid of folks" (598, Norton Anthology of American Literature), ***** when one thinks about it is not that unusual for a girl who "...feels as if she were a p*****rt of ***** gray shadows and moving leaves..."

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

Jewett wr*****es (page 597, Norton) that Sylvia "...had all ***** time there was, and very little use to make of it." And so with all ***** time on her hands, it's reasonable ***** expect an alert yet shy young girl ***** no playmates to become fascinated with birds and animals in the forest. Sylvia's grandmother mentioned that Sylvia had a knack ***** "...straying ***** out-of-doors" and grandma also believed that the "...***** creatures counts her one o' themselves" (599).

***** child could be considered a metaphor for ***** in the genre of realism. She could well be thought of as a symbol of what ***** ***** w***** like 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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