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Character Analysis Of Sylvia From "A White Heron"

925 words - 4 pages

Topic: Analyze the little girl's characteristics.A White Heron is one of Jewett's most well-known short stories. It is a beautiful story of the battles within a little girl in her formative years in life. The author, Sarah Orne Jewett, paints a vivid and descriptive image of the young heroine and her surroundings in the story. Sylvia, a nine-year-old girl, once isolated in the city found fulfillment in a farm surrounded by nature. Too those less unfortunate money charm and other attractions can be intoxicated, Sylvia did not bite. True to her innate convictions, Sylvia faces a challenge with maturity and sensibility that is surprising for a child so young. This paper will illustrate the characteristics of Sylvia. Important aspects of the story include the character of Sylvia herself.Sylvia changes from a shy little girl into a young adult during the course of the story. Sylvia is not only a meek little girl, but also is rather shy girl. I think that living in the rural lifestyle is one of the causes of Sylvia's characters. She helps her grandmother to look after the cow every day. She lives with her grandmother and has only a companion - a cow, Mistress Moolly. That is the reason why this little girl is horror-stricken to hear the hunter's whistle. 'She left the cow to whatever sad fate might away her, and stepped discreetly aside into the bushes". Then, she answers almost inaudibly when the young man questions. The little girl seems alarmed the stranger because she rarely meets everyone, except her grandmother. Despite being afraid of, Sylvia is still glad to help her grandmother set a plate for the young man when he stays at their lonely house. When the guest chats with the grandmother frankly, Sylvia just sit very demure and quite silent. However, this is a gentle and kind little girl. When the young ornithologist comes, Sylvia is attracted to him, both because he is a young man and because he is offering her a great deal of money. However, 'Sylvia does not speak after all, although the old grandmother fretfully rebukes her, and the young man's kind, appealing eyes are looking straight in her own. He can make them rich with money; he has promised it, and they are poor now. He is so well worth making happy, and he waits to hear the story she can tell. No, she must keep silence!' That means our little girl became mature because she know what should be done.Next, Sylvia is a natural love person. She came from a crowed manufacturing town, but she whispered that this was a beautiful place to live in, and she never should wish to go home because she is much happier...

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