Different Nature Views

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The cold air is relentless and the fire can only do so much to keep a person safe in the elements, but this isn’t always the case in stories. The short story, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, written by Bret Harte entails the life changing experiences that “outcasts” have to endure in horrible weather that becomes inevitable. Albeit this story deals with the unpleasant side of nature, the short story, A White Heron, by Sarah Orne Jewett illustrates the exact opposite. Rather, nature becomes Sylvie’s one true love. The juxtaposing ideas of nature in these two short stories still manage to make the characters make extremely critical life decisions. The short stories A White Heron, by Sarah Orne Jewett and The Outcasts of Poker Flat, by Bret Harte, have key aspects that make themselves coincide and contrast with each other and assist the characters make difficult decisions mainly through the settings in which they are placed; the season that the story occurs in, and the situations in which the characters have to tackle. To begin with, these Realism short stories rely a lot on the area that they take place in. A White Heron takes place at a farm in the upper part of Maine; a different atmosphere from which Sylvie was born in, the city. Although it’s a different setting for her Sylvie becomes one with nature instantly. The woods and the life within it make her feel so welcomed and at home. Sylvie sees A White Heron as such an innocent creature. “She could not tell the heron’s secret

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