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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 of innocence in a modern, *****dustrial world. The tone, ***** ***** character development in this story follows along ***** lines of what is known as American literary real*****m; indeed, realism is evident in a story when character is more critical to the s*****ry than plot or the actual action. Realism is a strategy ***** which ethical choices are at hand, ***** story line is 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 ***** ***** th***** innocent girl is ***** important to the reader than the precise steps that are taken in ***** *****. This is a ***** *****triguing and original tale about the innocence of a ***** who seems more like the creatures ***** the natural world than she seems like young people her own age. The story embraces ***** changes ***** challenges facing a young girl as she ***** confronted with a potential loss of innocence.

Indeed, nine*****year old Sylvia is the central character, the protagonist; ***** is a working class ***** but ********** don't know exactly what city she lives near but it ***** in New England, ***** a m*****nufactur*****g center. This city near where she is living ***** an industrially focused metropolis, and the shy ***** 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 ********** if she were a p*****rt of the gray shadows and moving leaves..."

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

Jewett wr*****es (page 597, *****) that Sylvia "...***** all the time there 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 ***** no playmates to become fascinated with birds and animals in the forest. Sylvia's grandmother mentioned ***** Sylvia had a kn*****ck of "...straying ***** out-of-doors" and gr*****ma also believed that the "...***** ***** counts her one o' themselves" (599).

This child could be considered a metaphor for ***** in the genre of realism. She could well be thought of as a symbol of ***** the world was 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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