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February 23 2002 Freshman HR English II The Enlightening Sarah Orne Jewetts A White Heron is a captivating short story which uses regionalism to illustrate the beauty and simplicity of the New England wilderness Jewett romanticizes the common country way of life by revealing it through Sylvias the protagonist pure interaction with nature This story is one of the many stories and novels Jewett has written which reflect a way life that was quickly diminishing with the advancement of the industrial revolution In addition to this Jewett places emphasis on issues such as the socialization of girls the shift and balance of power between opposing sexes and the need for women to be true to their nature She centers the conflict between Sylvia a young girl who loves nature and an ornithologist from a nearby town Sylvias infatuation with the gentleman causes her to help him search for the white heron However after climbing a tree she decides that she will not disclose the herons nest and sends the hunter on his way The idea encompassed in this climb however is the exploration for knowledge and insight a climb towards maturity As the story unfolds Sylvia is seen driving home her cow who wants to engage in an intelligent attempt to play hide and seek 146 Miss Molly the cow and Sylvia are slowly pondering and seem to be procrastinating their attempt to reach their destination It is during this period one becomes aware of Sylvias love for nature She had never been alive at all before she came to live at the farmShe whispered that this was a beautiful place to live in and she would never wish to go home 147 Her existence is one of peace and harmony with nature Moreover this can be symbolic that she as a female is identical to Nature which when used in American Literature is usually spelled with a capital and referred to as
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