The Heroine in A White Heron
A White Heron was a beautiful story of the battles within a little girl in her
formative years in life. The story has a deeper meaning though, expressed in the
involvement of much symbolic representation. The author, Sarah Orne Jewett, paints a
vivid and descriptive image of the young heroine and her surroundings in the story.
I will try to primarily focus on the symbolism and representation in the story. I will also
mention the subtle references the artist made to the biggest struggle in a young persons
Sarah Jewett seemed to start the story off to a slow monotone feel. I was given
the impression the story was meant to be basic in order to appeal to the senses and
understanding of the very young. The story quickly fell into a descriptive and
vivacious narrative of the young girls experiences or lack thereof. Jewett's quick
changing of style (when referring to tone) is beneficial because she is able to retain
more readers attention.
The diction in the story was very colloquial. Sylvia, (the young heroine in the
story), has a grandmother who uses speech as if somewhat uneducated and farm-raised.
The grandmother uses terms like, "folks" and "cage em up", to express herself. These
phrases and others like them gave a good understanding to the type of people and
place the story was set in. This showed how much diction and speech alone establishes
much of the story base within itself.
Much of the story was given to personification of nature. Nature being so
close and dear to her was primarily expressed in her affection for the cow and the birds.
The author practically made the large tree in the story come alive. One statement says,
the sharp dry twigs caught and held her and scratched her like...
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