What do the hunter and the white heron symbolize in “A White Heron?" 

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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. The White Heron is in its natural habitat. The hunter is the intruder. While he is polite, his presence and action threaten the purity and sanctity of nature and the world where the White Heron is not threatened. 

This is why it is significant that Sylvia refuses to tell the hunter where the bird is. Initially, she wants to please the hunter. She is also lured by the promise of money. This lure of material wealth...

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