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A White Heron

The heron symbolizes nature and the damage that society was doing to nature in the late 19th century. At that time, people began to develop an interest in beautiful birds especially, and women...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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The short story "A White Heron" tells of a girl named Sylvia who lives with her grandmother in the woods of Maine. While bringing the cow home, she comes across a tall young man who is hunting for...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019, 2:32 am (UTC)

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The rising action of the story begins when the hunter, a representative of the story's antagonist -- society -- happens upon Sylvia in the woods. Tension begins to build at this point because she...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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"A White Heron" is realistic in its depiction of the poverty that Sylvia and her grandmother, Mrs. Tilley, live in, so that it is believable the ten dollars (several hundred dollars in today's...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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In "The White Heron," Sarah Orne Jewett draws numerous parallels between Sylvia, the little girl, and the elusive bird. In the morning scene in which Sylvia climbs the tall pine, both the girl and...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia faces an internal conflict of the character vs. self variety. When the hunter offers her ten dollars in order to reveal to him the location of the heron's nest, she cannot help but be...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2018, 12:09 am (UTC)

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The protagonist in Sarah Orne Jewett's short story "A White Heron" is a young girl named Sylvia. She lives with her grandmother now because living in the city nearly killed her spirit. Everybody...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013, 2:47 am (UTC)

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There is definitely a dichotomy or a binary opposition set up here between culture and nature. This opposition is also suggestive of the town and country duality. The White Heron represents nature....

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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Jewett's story is a great example of "local color," a term that refers to literary fiction primarily about a specific place or region. The story exemplifies this is several ways. Setting: The story...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia doesn't tell the stranger where to find the heron's nest because she knows he'll kill the herons, and she doesn't want that to happen. Sylvia is shown to have a great love for nature from...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia changes from a shy little girl into a young adult during the course of the story. At the beginning of the story, her greatest pleasure is "to hide herself away among the huckleberry bushes."...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009, 12:19 am (UTC)

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The point of view in "A White Heron" is third person omniscient. Early in the text, the narrator focuses the most attention on the landscape and the animals within it. This is done in a way that...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia’s changing relationship with nature is one primary theme of “A White Heron.” As a former city girl, she comes to know the natural world in increasingly intimate, nuanced ways. Confronting...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia is a young girl who has left a crowded industrial town to live with her grandmother on a beautiful, remote farm near the sea. Sylvia is fearful of people, but living on the farm allows her...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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The story is set near the coast of Maine. It is set on a farm. Sylvia has moved there from the city to live with her grandmother. She has no human friends, but has a deep connection with nature...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2008, 1:30 am (UTC)

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Realism is a movement in literature in which authors attempt to depict life realistically. This means that authors tend to describe the minutiae of daily life in detail and tend to feature...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2018, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia hears the hunter before she sees him. He whistles, loudly and clearly, and she is "horror-stricken" because she immediately figures out that it isn't a bird's whistle she hears but a boy's....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia comes to enjoy the company of the pleasant hunter/ornithologist she meets on the path home, but she also loves the nature he seems determined to possess. When he offers her ten dollars to...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia’s relationship with the stranger is a strange mixture of companionship and rivalry. Sylvia is a shy child, and so she is afraid of the stranger at first, but after spending some time with...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia is torn between protecting the white heron and gaining materially by betraying it. Revealing its whereabouts would also please the young man who wants to shoot and stuff it. First, as the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019, 12:33 am (UTC)

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Both Sylvia and the heron have quite a few things in common. Both are solitary, lone creatures that are most comfortable surrounded by nature and its beauty. The heron is a rare bird, just as...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2009, 10:59 am (UTC)

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A "local color" story, "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett is a tale of a young girl whose love for nature conflicts with her infatuation with a young man. Sylvia has been rescued from the crowded...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2015, 9:53 am (UTC)

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Two relationships between human and nature are shown in "A White Heron." Sylvia has a very close connection to the nature and, in the end, sees her job as protecting it. The is why she does not...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2008, 12:36 am (UTC)

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Mistress Moolly is the old cow that belongs to Sylvia's grandmother. The cow is "a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature", but "a valued companion" for little Sylvia, who is "afraid of folks",...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009, 8:31 am (UTC)

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When Sylvia finds the elusive heron's nest and the heron with its mate, this influences the action of the story because Sylvia now has to make a decision. She has to decide whether to reveal the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2021, 12:04 am (UTC)

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Stories tend to contain multiple themes, often interwoven with one another, and "A White Heron" is no different on this account. An earlier Educator has already written at length on how this story...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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We can find the answer to this question by considering the overall message and theme of this story, which involves the young, lonely girl having to choose between betraying nature in the form of...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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There are several "moods" of this story, among them suspense (in wondering if Sylvia will tell the hunter when she sees the white heron) and urgency (because of the hunter's desire to add...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2008, 4:28 am (UTC)

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Sylvia has come to live at her grandmother's farm after having lived eight years in a crowded, dirty, noisy city with her parents. She is afraid of people which indicates that she did not have...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2008, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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The climax of the story is when Sylvia finds the white heron’s nest. It is the climax because she has to choose whether to tell the hunter or let the bird go. A climax is the turning point of a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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The story is structured as a bildungsroman or rite of passage story. Sylvia is challenged by her feelings for the hunter to leave the world of innocence for that of experience. She has already...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 4:19 am (UTC)

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The natural country setting of the story is, apparently, what has enabled Sylvia to grow and thrive. Her grandmother believes that There never was such a child for straying about out-of-doors...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018, 11:08 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Tilley, Sylvia's grandmother, offers the young man a bed for the night and also a simple meal. The young man says he is hunting a rare white heron because he wants to kill it and add it to...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2008, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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In "A White Heron," Sylvia's name is an appropriate one for her since it is derived from the Latin word silva, which means "forest." Thus, it seems natural that Sylvia should be content in the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2017, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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Sarah Orne Jewett plays with imagery of shadows, woods, and light throughout "A White Heron." In the first paragraph of the story, we meet Sylvia on her errand to bring Mistress Moolly, the cow,...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019, 1:51 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, Sylvia is compared to a flower: she had "tried to grow for eight years" in the city but could not. "She thought often with wistful compassion of a wretched dry...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 2:27 am (UTC)

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Sylvia remains silent and doesn't speak because she doesn't want to betray the loyalty of the white heron. When the handsome hunter, who manages to charm Sylvia, asks her where the beautiful bird...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 8:16 am (UTC)

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In the last line of the second to last paragraph in the story, the author writes, "Sylvia cannot speak; she cannot tell the heron's secret and give its life away." Sylvia's only friend, the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010, 6:53 am (UTC)

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The short story "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett tells of a nine-year-old girl named Sylvia who lives with her grandmother in the Maine woods. She is bringing the cow home one evening when she...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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Motifs are recurring symbols which support the themes or main ideas in any story. In A White Heron, the young sportsman's gun is a recurring motif. To Sylvia, the gun represents strange emotions...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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It is clear that this short story alludes to a number of different fairy tales in order to paint the picture of Sylvia, the central character, and how isolated and innocent she is. Note, for...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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The young man hopes that Sylvia will show him the nesting place of a rare white heron he has spotted in the area. The man is an ornithologist, or someone who studies birds. His hobby is to find...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2008, 8:48 am (UTC)

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The hunter, in an attempt to persuade Sylvia to reveal the location of the white heron's nest, says that he would give ten dollars to any person who could help him find it. For Sylvia, "No amount...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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The young female protagonist, Sylvia, was living in a large manufacturing town with her parents and siblings; she found that environment dangerous and alienating. At the request of her grandmother,...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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There are many different aspects of style that could be selected to talk about, however one of the most interesting to my mind is the final paragraph that comes at the end of the story, when the...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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There is a clear bond between humans and nature symbolized by Sylvia herself. Sylvia is drawn to the hunter and is keen to help him, however, it is her knowledge and understanding of the birds that...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 11:15 am (UTC)

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Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron" portrays a segment of the life of a nine year old city girl who has come to stay with her grandmother in the country. The narrator explains that Sylvia has...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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In deciding upon the thesis statement for an analysis of character, the writer may first consider the approach that he/she will take toward this analysis. That is, there are a number of...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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The main character (protagonist) in "A White Heron," by Sarah Orne Jewett, is a young girl named Sylvia. She lives on a farm with her grandmother, but she has not always lived there. She came to...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2013, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia and the stranger are similar in that they both have (or claim to have) a real appreciation for the beauty of nature. Just as Sylvia has a special appreciation for the birds, so does he. He...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 11:54 pm (UTC)

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