In A White Heron , the author, Sarah Orne Jewett, describes a young girl who interacts with a

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In A White Heron , the author, Sarah Orne Jewett, describes a young girl who interacts with a number of elements that cause her to discover who she is and what she stands for. Sylvia, being only nine years old and coming from a large family from the demanding city life , is moved to her grandmother’s remote farm where she finds herself to be comfortably isolated from the rest of the world. This, in fact, suits her lack of social ability, and so she finds herself becoming one with nature: both the plants and animals. When a young hunter, with whom she comes to admire greatly, comes along and tries to destroy apart of ‘her’, she finds herself in a conflicting position. Sarah Jewett’s writings had mainly avoided romantic topics by…show more content…
It causes the reader to perhaps question their own decision making and shows the author’s avoidance of romanticism. Using romantic appeal takes away from the intentions of the story; Furthermore, this intention being the sacrifice of love to another being and, instead, to the appeal of nature. (Consider a better transition into the new topic. You can add transition word or add connecting sentence to the previous paragraph) Realism is the key style in A White Heron . This element avoids a ‘fairy tale’ feeling to the story and, rather, allows it to focus on more important issues. The author shows this in Sylvia’s development of her feelings towards the sportsman and how she regards those feelings in order to embrace individualism and knows that “whatever treasures were lost to her, woodlands and summer time, remember!” the wilderness is a part of who she is (Jewett 71). This is the point where she neglects her feelings for the hunter and, instead, realizes her own true feelings towards the countryside and what it has offered to her and will continually provide for her own spiritual and personal needs. Not only is realism used in Sylvia’s focus on real-life-in-the-moment events, but in other minor uses such as the setting. The story takes place within the parameters of Sylvia’s “clean and comfortable…little dwelling” in a middle to lower level class community that “does not rebel at the companionship of hens” (Jewett 65).

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