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A White Heron

White Heron - Sarah Orne Jewett

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

In A White Heron, those elements are very much present. This is a story in which ***** character ***** this innocent girl is more ***** to the 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 more like ***** creatures of the ***** world than she ***** ***** young people her own age. The story embraces ***** changes and challenges facing a young girl ***** ***** is confronted with ***** potential loss of innocence.

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

***** has been adopted by her grandmot*****, a widow, *****nd lives in a t*****y house in the middle ***** a wooded **********. What readers know about Sylvia right away is that ***** loves th***** natural world sett*****g and is not involved in any apparent stress or pressure. That wooded ***** ***** she daily has to hunt down her dairy cow is some*****ing of a met*****ph***** for a pastoral place beyond the boundary of the real and ugly world.

Jewett writes (page 597, *****) that Sylvia "...***** all ***** time there was, and very little use to make of it." And so with all ***** time on her h*****s, 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 of "...straying ***** out-of-doors" and gr*****ma also believed that the "...***** creatures counts her one o' themselves" (599).

***** child could be considered a metaphor for innocence in the genre of realism. She could well be thought ***** 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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