Analysis Of The Poem ' A White Heron ' Essay

1419 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Although it is commonly referred to as an anecdote that delineates the metamorphosis of nature, Sara Orne Jewett’s, “A White Heron,” presents a narrative whose transcendental vision of reality reveals a sense of worldly understanding that predates its time. Jewett’s main character, Sylvia, a nine-year-old heroine who lives in the Maine woods with her grandmother, Mrs. Tilley, and an variety of wild and domestic animals, is tempted by an attractive young ornithologist, known as the hunter, to tell him the location of the white heron nest so that he can shoot and stuff the bird, a particularly rare and desirable specimen. However, when the time comes to reveal the location the nest “Sylvia cannot speak; she cannot tell the heron’s secret and give it’s life away” (163). As a result, Jewett’s narrative tone subtly demonstrates feminine autonomy, in that Sylvia has freewill, or a choice, in deciding whether to make the hunter happy by revealing the white heron nest or keeping the secret to herself; thus preserving her independence and innocence.
Moreover, Jewett’s narrative has convinced the reader that Sylvia’s decision to preserve the natural world is a step forward in her development as a self-aware, autonomous, and self-reliant being, characteristics defining that of a man. Prior to the entrance of the hunter, Jewett argues a great sense of unity between non-humans and humans in her representation of the cow, Mistress Mooly. Subsequently, Jewett projects her transcendental,…

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