Adventure and desire are common qualities in humans and Sarah Orne Jewett’s excerpt from “A White Heron” is no different. The heroine, Sylvia, a “small and silly” girl, is determined to do whatever it takes to know what can be seen from the highest point near her home. Jewett uses literary elements such as diction, imagery, and narrative pace to dramatize this “gray-eyed child” on her remarkable adventure. Word choice and imagery are necessary elements to put the reader in the mind of Sylvia as she embarks on her treacherous climb to the top of the world. Jewett is picturesque when describing Sylvia’s journey to the tip of one unconquered pine tree.
She lives in a happy place in her own head and no one has taken her out of her fantasy yet. This changes when she stumbles upon a dead body in the woods. “Flowers” is used to show the “breaking of the glass” for a child who now sees the world a whole new way. This story uses very figurative language to share Myop’s transition of a nice world into the real
Sarah Orne Jewett’s works show her deep understanding of life and the value of the small things. She writes narratives of small characters with personal struggles that help expand on what it is to be human. Jewett does not explain the human condition, but she expands our understanding of it by her ability to press meaning into any object. Her works are riddled with symbolism and her work “A White Heron” is no different. The main character Sylvia is given the choice of either to give up the white heron’s location for ten dollars to a collector who wishes to stuff it or keep the location a secret and spare the bird.
Imagery portrays the image that the tree and family are connected by similar trails and burdens. Her uses of metaphor, diction, tone, onomatopoeia, and alliteration shows how passionate and personal her and her mother’s connection is with this tree and how it holds them together. There is a difficult decision ahead the mother and daughter both analyze the advantages and disadvantages to cutting down this tree. They have a dispute (line1) and “talk slowly, trying in a difficult time to be wise” (line 10). Using
To illustrate this theme the author describes that: “She had driven through a forest fire, gone boating in a hurricane, swum across riptides”(532). In other words, she is not someone who runs from change or opposition in life and is not afraid of a simple bucket of blood that contains a swamp rat in it. It seems that this is a type of woman that conveys a different model and that is something that can definitely be learned from. It is very important to move outside of one’s comfort zone to be able to live a full and exciting life. As one can see, Waugh examines the way that a mother does the untraditional approach to life and ends up having an impact on those around
Throughout the short stories “The Executioner’s Beautiful Daughter” and “Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest”, Angela Carter communicates the dangerous possibilities that can arise when living in an isolated society. One could imply Carter’s main goal was to make two very similar stories seem drastically different. In “Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest” Carter displays how something so innocent and harmless, nature, can be so cruel and evil. She conveys this message by showing the drastic transformation amongst different character, along with detailed imagery. The story sounds like a prequel to “The Executioner’s Beautiful Daughter” because of the diverse resemblances the two share.
In the short story “The Vacation Crush of Squid Girl” written by Todd Strasser, Sierra initially declares she despises nature, but she personally admires it. During a vacation she goes on with her nature-loving parents, Sierra, the protagonist, reveals her interest by her knowledge of nature, describing items in a positive tone, and her clever use of sarcasm. In the first place, Sierra’s intelligence divulges her love of nature. For instance, she says, “Back to the beach, the tree huggers have returned with a treasure trove of pink-and-white cowrie shells, a few baby conches and one slightly odoriferous sun-dried seahorse, which is an amazing find.” In this quote, Sierra can clearly name numerous shells from the beach and she is also enthusiastic
Alice Walker the author of the Flowers”, was inspired to write this story because of the tragedy that has happened to multiple black Americans and how it has affected their human rights. This story describes scenery that may have happened around South America starting off with a girl named Myop, a ten-year old girl who explores the world around her, unaware of the secrets the world beyond holds. In the first paragraph, Alice Walker clearly emphasises Myops purity and young innocence with the quote “She skipped lightly from hen house to pigpen.” This demonstrates how happy Myop is in this setting, we can identify she feels safe here, “ She felt light and good in the warm sun.” Her innocence produces an excitement to the reader as it gives the
The pear tree vision is Janie’s own view of how a good marriage should be and how the world should feel when you’re with your true love: She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! (Hurston 11) When Janie first met Joe Starks, Janie felt a bit of hope return to her since her dream of love died when she married Logan. When Janie decided to act upon her pear tree vision, Hurston referred to the pear tree symbolism by saying, “From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything. A bee for her bloom.” (31).
Sarah Orne Jewett was a realism writer who stories have a lot of natural and domestic elements of New England around her time. Her writing was inspired from a “deep sympathy for native characters and her ear for local speech” and she told another writer that “Her head was full of dear old houses and dear old women, and when old houses and old women came together in her brain with a click, she knew her story was under way.” This creating her “exquisitely simple, natural, and graceful style.” This being most evident in The White Heron. This story is about a young girl who is faced with an inner conflict of morality versus money and love. This story is told through a third person perspective. It tells of a little girl, Sylvia, who recently
The daughter, much like the wild bird, is struggling with her heavy cargo of who she is. The bird, in the end, does find the open window and clears the sill of the world. Again, this can be related to the daughter in that eventually she will overcome her obstacles and find her identity. The poem ends on the lines: "It is always a matter, my darling, Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish What I wished you before, but harder."
In the novel, trees are a prevailing symbol, as it represents the life and growth of the protagonist mental recovery after being raped. The reoccurring use of trees allows readers to understand Melinda feelings beyond the words, as readers are able to visualize her feelings literally. Readers of YA readers use symbolism as a way to understand the mood of a novel; at the beginning of the novel, Melina selects a tree as her yearlong art project, where she is asked make her “object say something, express and emotion, speak to every person who looks at it” (Anderson 11). As struggles to express emotion through her tree, she is equally incompetent with sharing what occurred the night the police was called. Her meager attempts to construct her tree