An Analysis Of A White Heron

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Temptation is a tricky thing. It is often difficult for one to make the ‘right choice’ because both options commonly appear as being equally good or bad. In Sarah Orne Jewett’s short story, A White Heron, a young, naive Sylvia faces temptation in it’s truest form. She is forced to make a tough choice, where her decision would either benefit her or save an innocent creature. This story depicts an age-old strife that still plagues society today which exists as the internal struggle between greedily disclosing or taking something for personal benefit, or selflessly giving something up so others can have the opportunity to flourish.
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20). Wanting to impress the hunter, Sylvia excitedly explained about how she had seen this majestical creature before on one of her many journeys through the vast forest. After hearing this news, the hunter was overjoyed and offered Sylvia a reward of ten dollars if she could show him where the Heron’s nest was.
Before the crack of dawn the next morning, Sylvia set out determined to find the Heron’s nest in order to please the hunter and collect a generous reward. Initially, she started out with every intention to find the nest, but as she climbed the tree, she became immersed in the magical of nature around her and her views began to change. However, as she giddily made her way back to her Grandmother’s house, she was still planning on guiding the man to the elusive Heron’s nest. It wasn’t until just before she was about to report her findings to the man when she had an epiphany and began to realize what was truly important. “The murmur of the pine's green branches is in her ears, she remembers how the white heron came flying through the golden air and how they watched the sea and the morning together, and Sylvia cannot speak; she cannot tell the heron's secret and give its life away” (Par. 40).
At the beginning of the story, Sylvia wanted to do everything in her power to please the handsome stranger and collect a generous reward, but as she began to think about the consequences of both sides of her choice, her intentions slowly began to change. Initially, she planned on climbing the tree only to find and reveal the location of the bird’s nest to the hunter, but as she ascended higher and higher, her decision became more difficult. Climbing the tree was not only...

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