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A White Heron

Sylvia, the protagonist of the story, climbs the tall pine tree and spots the white heron's nest from there. Despite her initial plan to tell the hunter about the bird's home and claim the $10 he...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018, 1:15 am (UTC)

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Jewett begins to establish the girl's relationship with nature by giving her the name Sylvia, which is taken from the Latin "silva" meaning "wood" or "forest. We are told...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2009, 12:20 pm (UTC)

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Direct dialogue exists in the story between the stranger and Sylvia’s grandmother, but also we encounter direct speech from the narrator to the reader, Bring your gifts and graces and tell your...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia has difficult speaking to strangers especially because she is somewhat "'"Afraid of folks,"'" as her grandmother was told when she chose Sylvia to help her on the farm from among her...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2016, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, she is a shy, rather uncertain girl who is easily impressed by others, and willing to do things to gain their approval. She is also rather naive and innocent, with...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2010, 7:47 am (UTC)

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A little girl named Sylvia lives with her grandmother, Mrs. Tilley, in the country. Sylvia has thrived here on her grandmother's farm, and Everybody said that it was a good change for a little...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Jewett depicts Sylvia as a special character by showing the depth of her attachment to the natural world. She is unwilling to betray the location of the white heron even when she is offered money...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2021, 3:10 am (UTC)

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This is a coming-of-age story where Sylvia goes from being an innocent young girl to a more mature, stronger young girl. Sylvia would have to be young in order for her to go through this rite of...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2008, 10:09 am (UTC)

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To write a thesis statement for a correlation between Hewett's childhood and "The White Heron," it is best by comparing the two. If I were writing the piece, I expect that I would compare Sarah as...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2010, 2:36 pm (UTC)

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The young Sylvia is completely at home in her woodland environment, so much so that the story calls her a child of a nature. Her insider status is established from the start, when we learn that...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 3:37 am (UTC)

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In Sarah Orne Jewett's story "A White Heron," Mrs. Tilley lives in an isolated little house in the country with only her granddaughter Sylvia for company. Mrs. Tilley chose Sylvia as her companion...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2021, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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The Silent Spring by Rachael Carson and Linda Lear has a significant relevance to Jewett's "A White Heron." The opening passages of the two texts demonstrate this relevance clearly. Carson's book...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2012, 1:57 pm (UTC)

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The author tells us much about Sylvia's character, beginning on the first page of the story, saying "as for Sylvia herself, it seemed as if she never had been alive at all before she came to...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2008, 7:14 am (UTC)

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Dear loyalty, that suffered a sharp pang as the guest went away disappointed later in the day that could have served and followed him and loved him as a dog loves! In her final paragraph,...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2013, 6:22 am (UTC)

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Three significant elements of the setting in the story include place, time, and environment.Known as a "local color writer", Sarah Orne Jewett brings to life the unique characteristics of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2008, 7:28 am (UTC)

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The story is told by an omniscient narrator who varies her proximity to and intimacy with the characters and events to direct the reader in their response to the story. There are points where the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012, 6:40 am (UTC)

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The story is told by an omniscient third-person narrator. The narrator is not a character in the story, but can look down on the events and know and see everything that is happening, and has...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2007, 3:48 am (UTC)

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Sarah Orne Jewett’s stories are generally classified as local color writing. These texts describe the settings and events of a particular age and place – in Jewett’s case, Maine in the 1880’s. Her...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012, 10:55 am (UTC)

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On the surface "A White Heron" is about a little girl who becomes tempted by money, but eventually decides that she'd rather allow a bird to live. Upon further analysis, however, it becomes clear...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016, 6:00 am (UTC)

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In Sarah Orne Jewett's story "A White Heron," Sylvia and her grandmother are joined in their country home by a young ornithologist. The young man is kind, and Sylvia grows to like him, even though...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2020, 1:00 am (UTC)

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In the short story "The White Heron," the phrase "long-slumbering hospitality" implies that the grandmother and the house are not accustomed to many visitors. The house is rather secluded in the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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In "A White Heron," the great pine tree is described in Part II. The narrator says, "the stately head of this old pine towered above [the other trees] and made a landmark for sea and shore miles...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 11:22 pm (UTC)

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The hunter is not the antagonist of the story because he is simply a representative of the real antagonist: society. Sylvia, the protagonist, is very much a representative of nature. She is often...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 6:42 pm (UTC)

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Silvia and the young man both seem to love birds. As they walk through the woods together, the two seem to take equal pleasure in the birds they see. However, Sylvia loves birds for their living...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2008, 5:24 am (UTC)

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One of the ways in which the stranger tries to convince Sylvia to help him find the heron is by saying that "[He] would give ten dollars to anybody who could show it to me." Such a sum inspired...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 1:58 am (UTC)

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Sylvie's moral dilemma is whether to reveal to the young hunter the location of the heron's nest. This decision is bound up with other feelings that she has about her life in the woods and her...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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It is late in the afternoon and Silvia is bringing a cow back to her grandmother's. She has never been out this late and begins to think of a boy back home who she was afraid of. ". . .the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia was a "true child of nature (eNotes). She lived with her grandmother on an isolated farm. She did not have other children to play with or other adults to interact with. Sylvia has a...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2008, 8:45 am (UTC)

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The introduction of this story is really contained in the first three paragraphs. These paragraphs introduce the setting of the story—the country, replete with beautiful landscapes—as well as the...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016, 1:56 pm (UTC)

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Sarah Orne Jewett uses Sylvia's interest in birds to advance the plot when we learn that the visiting hunter's priority is locating the nest belonging to the white heron he's seen in the woods. On...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 4:38 pm (UTC)

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The White Heron is filled with metaphors. From high in the branches of the great pine, Sylvia views the world in a new way. Pilots and astronauts develop a new way of thinking and unsderstanding...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2010, 3:46 am (UTC)

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Sylvia is a child that is mature beyond her years, a bit of a social recluse (she hides in the bushes when she hears a human whistle), sweet and helpful, observant and solitary. She enjoys being...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2009, 7:14 am (UTC)

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Sarah Orne Jewett was diagnosed at a young age with arthritis. As a treatment, she was encouraged to take long walks. It was during these walks that she became so enamored with nature. Her love...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2010, 1:24 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of "A White Heron," Sylvia has already gone through one metamorphosis. She has been living in the woods with her grandmother for a year and is now thoroughly at home in the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2021, 9:16 am (UTC)

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We find that Sylvia had moved from her home in a busy town to live with her grandmother.She is initially nervous around people and prefers the farm with the company of Mistress Moolly, her cow....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 4:02 am (UTC)

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The young girl, Sylvia, who is protagonist of Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron," definitely values both nature and her freedom. The story demonstrates how close a bond Sylvia feels with the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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I assume you mean the character development of Sylvia, since the other characters are more established and flat. Sylvia develops in her own way, although she never gives the Heron's location to...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2007, 12:13 am (UTC)

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Sylvia discovers her own morality with regard to the natural world after she goes on a few bird hunting jaunts with the young man who is hoping to add to his collection of taxidermied birds. Though...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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The story would have been more realistic with a different ending only if Sylvia had been a different kind of girl. As the story was written and as her character was developed, the ending is very...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2009, 9:41 pm (UTC)

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A good question. She remembers being chased by a boy when she lived in town (as the bird would be chased). Dan left, and so Sylvia can't trust those she loves (perhaps specifically men she loves)....

Latest answer posted March 18, 2007, 12:06 am (UTC)

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There two views of nature are completely different! Sylvia, first of all, respects and admires nature. She is at one with it and truly is a "child of nature." She enjoys, respects, and...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2008, 4:37 am (UTC)

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The animals of the forest seem not to feel threatened or alarmed by Sylvia's presence at all. Even though she is typically not in the forest so late as she is at the story's beginning, the animals...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the story, Sylvia's grandmother is angry at Sylvia because she will not tell the young ornithologist where the white heron's nest is located. The young man has offered the poor family...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009, 2:56 am (UTC)

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Many readers have seen Jewett’s frequent changes in point of view as a weakness and a sign of immature talent; however, more modern readers see the shifts as intentional and effective. The story is...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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First of all, the story is fiction. The category of fiction it falls into is short story. Within the short story, it can be called "regional fiction" or "narrative of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2008, 11:57 am (UTC)

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