Analysis Of Sarah Orne Jewett's 'A White Heron'

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Young love , a thrilling time for many . A time in where blinded young-lings cross a field unknown . A field in which one must undergo challenges and temptations . Here we have a young girl that encounters a young man , a typical boy meets girl scenarios , So it would seem . The desire to be loved can drive a person to do the craziest of things ; we are all walking proof of that . As young children one learns to express emotion through every gesture and every facial expression , through that process one realizes ones self hatred with rejection . Living in a world in which we strive to be accepted and crave to be desired . In society each gender faces different experiences ; as a man one expects a provider , a leader , a hunter and as a women…show more content…
Sylvia , a young girl that lives in the woods with her grandmother , Is identified as a child throughout the beginning of the story but as the story progresses she begins to develop emotions of a young woman . As the story begins we are presented with descriptions of an inexperienced girl and her childish playmate . Although as a child she was never " inclined to wander further " (Jewett 93 ) , She sought amusement in a " cow 's prank as an intelligent attempt to play hide and seek " (Jewett 93 ) . Her playful companion who accompanies her through the trail back home symbolizes Sylvia 's youthfulness , with a desire to explore . On the wooded path back home they are " horror-stricken " (Jewett 94 ) by a " boy 's whistle , determined , and somewhat aggressive " (Jewett 95 ) and attempts to hide like how a young child would when frightened . The handsome hunter asks for friendship and a place to stay and although 'Sylvy ' , as her grandmother calls her , Is frightened she leads him to her home , where she soon becomes fascinated by him…show more content…
This story shows the blindness in young love by having a girl , who is unaware of who her pursuers really are , comply with a man 's demand for a place to stay . Colors can symbolize many things , whether its love , hatred , darkness or light . The author expresses a man 's pursuit of what is pure through the use of color . The man here is on a quest to find a bird , a heron , but not a black heron nor a gray heron ; he instead is specifically on a search for a white heron . The author explicitly focuses on a white heron as it is even the title for this short stories , but why ? What is so great about the color white ? The color white is ideally paired with what is clean , what is good , what is pure . Here the color white is Sylvia 's purity to stay true to herself and the heron is the rarity in finding a girl that is just entering the elusive world of romance that can resist a man 's pressures . The man here wants to control the woman keeping them " stuffed and preserved , dozens and dozens " (Jewett 97 ) of them at a time , as if a woman was a possession
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