"A White Heron" by Jewett.

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The excerpt from "A White Heron" contains elements of figurative language displaying a sense of adventure by setting tones of courage and fear.

Courage played a major role in Sylvia's adventure. For example, this fearless young girl is described by "climbing from higher branch to branch". This shows her admiralty. A girl of her stature would easily give up in a situation such as this. With all of the climbing she accomplished, shows not only her strength, but her determination as well. Furthermore, Jewett goes on to state, "She crept out along the swaying oak, and took the daring step across into the old pine-tree". From this quote it is in plain sight to anyone of what sort of bravery Sylvia exhibits. With the detailed imagery that one portrays, a person can imagine these towering intimidating century old trees, and how overwhelming these over sized shrubberies may be.

Sylvia is no Dorothy, but her courageous behavior and sense of adventure, could have certainly showed the Cowardly Lion a lesson or two.

The text gives one to believe that there is a contrasting tone. Fear is also and emotion that the petit miss flaunts. For instance, " [her] face was as pale as a star". The depiction of a faint-hearted girl transcends apprehension up and through your body like the feeling of a paper cut or the sound of scratching on a chalkboard. When her face transforms from fleshy to a pale nothingness color, the idea reverts and dispels back to perhaps an alarming previous experience, where one can relate or partake. Additionally, a person may infer further with the quote, "the sharp dry twigs caught and held her and scratched her like angry talons". This statement alone enhances the mind to its up most imagination. You begin to...