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A White Heron Essay

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Sarah Orne Jewett uses a third person omniscient narrator in an excerpt from "A White Heron" to portray Sylvia, a courageous girl, giving her utmost bravery and might to conquer an enormous tree to see the sun from the top. The story is given a tone of fascinated satisfaction through the use of such diction as "harmless housebreaker," "voyaging earth," and "awesome world" which emphasizes the feeling of accomplishment she had overcoming each of the obstacles.In the exposition, Sylvia is portrayed to have nothing but her bare feet and hands to tackle the tree, but she is willing to face her challenge. The description of the setting is given life by the use of personification such as "huge tree asleep," giving the tree the human quality of sleeping to portray the silence that surrounds the area. Also, nature surrounding her becomes livelier by the use of personification, stressing that this is an adventure rather than a girl climbing a tree.During the rising action, she ascends the tree, and similes such as the "twig" being compared to "angry talons" demonstrates that the tree is not always accepting and it may scar those who pass by. By giving the trees these characteristics, they become alive as a shifting creature who poses a threat, but with every tree that a person passes, they become stronger. Sylvia, in our case, is illustrated as a courageous soul through both direct and indirect characterization as she makes "dangerous pass from one tree to the other." The story climaxes as Sylvia reaches the apex...

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