In the story "A White Heron," why is the hunter unnamed?

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The hunter, or ornithologist, in the story remains unnamed because he is a symbol of mankind.  You may notice that the other characters in the story are female, even the cow that Sylvia is leading home at the beginning of the story.  The hunter represents how mankind seeks to capture...

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The hunter, or ornithologist, in the story remains unnamed because he is a symbol of mankind.  You may notice that the other characters in the story are female, even the cow that Sylvia is leading home at the beginning of the story.  The hunter represents how mankind seeks to capture nature and bottle it up, like the hunter wants to find the rare white heron and stuff it to be put on display.  However, Jewett argues that what is in Nature must stay there to prosper, much like Sylvia has prospered since she moved from the industrial city to the country to live with her grandmother.  The "wretched geranium" at the beginning of the story is also a symbol for how Nature is stifled by what humanity has created.

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