The White Heron Essay

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Taylor MartinProfessor Barbara GreenWriting 10212 September 2014Essay Draft 1: Short Stories"The White Heron" is a wonderful story that faces gender problems, external and internal conflicts, environmentalism, and romanticism. This story has many symbols including the color white, the hunter, a tall pine tree and the white heron. In this story Sarah Jewett uses Sylvia, the main character as a device to help accomplish her passion and love for nature, Jewett wants people to see that nature is a beautiful thing. Sylvia is a very brave young lady that has been dealing with a lot of changes in her life; she turns to nature for comfort, and spends the majority of her time outdoors where she can be herself. She is served a very hard decision regarding her newfound love of nature but after struggling with internal conflict she comes to a decision based on her personal interest and beliefs.Jewett uses many literary devices to send a powerful message. In her story she hides a more powerful meaning behind the text. When you read her short story you just think of a young girl that is trying to adapt in a new environment; but when you analyze it, the story becomes completely different. For example, " She knows his secret now, the wild, light, slender bird that floats and wavers, and goes back like an arrow presently to his home in the green world beneath" (Jewett 70). When people look at this sentence they see a very detailed description of what a bird is doing. As for Jewett she is trying to have people understand the beauty Sylvia sees. Jewett's writing is beautiful and powerful; many would overlook how powerful her writing can be. Every sentence has a meaning, but it is hard to completely understand the story without looking further into it.Jewett uses a lot of foreshadowing in her work. "Where was the white heron's nest in the sea of green branches, and was this wonderful sight and pageant of the world the only reward for having climbed to such a giddy height? (Jewett 70). In this sentence it makes you believe that she will receive another reward for finding this beautiful bird. The reward would be the ten dollars from the hunter. Little do we know, she changes her mind in the last minute and becomes selfless; she wants to save this creatures life.The problems that Sylvia has to face are very difficult for a young girl. Being forced to move to a country area from a city is a very big change for someone. Luckily for Sylvia she adapts very well in this environment, with her grandmother and their pet cow. They are all very content and comfortable in their living arrangement of a very rural low maintenance life. She faces some gender issues when she comes across an attractive hunter boy in the forest, he wants help finding a rare bird called the white heron; she is used to being around females and can't quite figure out where the boys thought process comes from, she can't understand why he would want to kill something that he supposedly...

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