Sarah Orne Jewett's Short Story 'A White Heron'

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The struggle between a young girl and the tempting offer presented by a handsome hunter in Sarah Orne Jewett’s short story “A White Heron” illustrates that man should not compromise his happiness or beliefs for material gain. As soon as Jewett’s protagonist, Sylvia moves from a noisy and crowded town to her grandmother’s quiet and modest farm, she immediately finds herself captivated and enthralled by the surrounding woods and wildlife “as if she never had been alive at all before she came to live at the farm” (Jewett). For Sylvia, experiencing the wild outdoors sets her on a path of self discovery and sparks within her a deep-seated love and respect for nature. Not long after learning of Sylvia’s passion for nature, a charming hunter offers
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