A White Heron

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100% (of 9 votes) A white heron ANALYSIS ESSAY Posted by JoanneSTARTRANCE at Dec 13, 11:04 PM Sarah Jewett's "A White Heron" is told in third person omniscient narrative, using positive, exuberant diction such as, "determined," "dawn," "dazzle," "daring," and "spark," to describe a child's determined mind to climb a tree, excited to observe an upcoming dawn from full view. The passage further delves into the dangers of climbing a tree as certain objects hold her back, preventing her from reaching success. The narrator uses a variety of literary terms and descriptions to achieve the picture of the story.

Sylvia's (the child) starting climb towards the tree is incredibly easy, as described in the passage, "Sylvia felt her way easily," "Often climbed here." The huge tree is a symbol of life, a juxtaposition of a child climbing a tree to a person prevailing over obstacles in life.

At first, everything is dark and dreary. Moonlight and dark branches lose Sylvia while she makes the change between a ladder to a tree. The ladder is analogous to a helper in life everyone needs an extra boost to start the engine. The rising action of can be sensed by the vivid verbs/adjectives, showing visual, tactile, auditory imagery, showing exhilaration towards the target of her actions. Visual imagery is sensed by "paling moonlight," "dark branches," "red squirrel," while tactile imagery is perceived by "wet with dew," and lastly auditory imagery by, "bird fluttered," "squirrel pettishly scolded." In fact, Sylvia's excitement is shown by the narrator's direct characterization as in, "tingling, eager" and the hyperbole of, "reaching up, up, to the sky itself," representing the spirit of mankind in his or her willingness to live and accomplish something. A simile compares Sylvia's hands pinching like bird's claws, showing her indomitable spirit...