The Meaning of A White Heron Essay

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The Meaning of A White Heron Through life experiences we learn that some things in life are more important than money. By using the "Archetypal Cycle of Human experience" I will be able to explain the importance of each stage in the story " A white Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett. The story " A white Heron" is about a nine-year-old girl named Sylvia. The author starts the cycle/framework by implying through the character's age that Sylvia has a certain innocence that only a young child early in life can possess. This is the first stage in the cycle of human experiences, the innocence stage. Sylvia had moved from the city to the country in order to live with her grandmother when she was eight years old. Sylvia used to live in a…show more content…
This sparked an interest in the man, and he talked about his bird collection and that he was out there to get a white heron. The man asked if Sylvia had seen a white heron, but she did not reply. The man said that he would pay ten dollars to anyone who could show him the location of the white heron's nest. Sylvia thought of all the treasures that she could buy with that wealth. This paragraph contains the third step in the cycle because of the range of emotions that she experienced and the choices she made. The third step is all about experiences, trial an error and temptations. Sylvia was no longer thinking/acting with a good heart; she had been taken control of by greed. The next day the man goes out in search for the white heron and Sylvia accompanied him. While they were looking for the heron the man gives Sylvia a jack-knife. Sylvia starts to like the man because he is kind and sympathetic. Sylvia could not understand why he killed the birds that he liked so much. Sylvia has now started to develop certain feelings for the man. The man stayed the night again at the house and all that Sylvia could think about was climbing the pine tree to find the white heron so she could gain the man's approval of her. This paragraph is the fourth step in the cycle because of the internal emotions that she had created. The fourth step is death, psychologically or internally (what you believed about your standards). The author has Sylvia develop feeling for the man
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