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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 and ***** conflict with the loss of innocence in a modern, industrial 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 the story than plot or the actual action. Realism is a strategy in which ethical choices are at hand, the ***** line is plausible, and humans are placed in n*****ural ***** settings.

In A White Heron, those elements are very much present. This is a story in which ***** ***** ***** this innocent girl is ***** ***** to the reader than the precise steps that are taken in the plot. This is a very intriguing and original tale about the innocence of a ***** who seems more like ***** creatures of the natural world than she ***** ***** young people her own age. The ***** 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 readers don't know exactly what city she lives near but it ***** in New England, near a m*****nufacturing center. This city near where ***** is living is an industrially focused metropol*****, and the shy ***** has somehow gr***** "afraid of folks" (598, Nor*****n *****nthology of American Literature), ***** when one thinks about it is not that unusual for a ***** who "...feels as if she were a p*****rt of ***** gray shadows and moving leaves..."

Sylvia has been adopted by her gr*****mother, a widow, ********** lives in a t*****y house in the middle ***** a wooded area. What ***** ***** about Sylvia right away is that ***** loves this natural world setting and is ***** involved in any apparent stress or pressure. That wooded ***** where she daily has 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 writes (page 597, Norton) that Sylvia "...had all the time *****re was, and very little use to make of it." And so with all that time on her h*****s, it's reasonable to expect an alert yet shy young girl with no playmates to become fascinated with birds and animals in the *****est. Sylvia's grandmother mentioned that Sylvia had a kn*****ck of "...straying about out-*****-doors" and grandma also believed that the "...***** creatures 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 what ***** ***** 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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