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A White Heron
Transcript of A White Heron
The story covers only a couple days in June.
In the beginning Sylvia is frightened by the hunter, but in the end she begins to warm up to him, and develops a small crush
The story occurs in the woods by her house and on her grandma's farm.
The cultural background and time period of the story is unknown and insignificant.
Sarah Orne Jewett A White Heron The moral of this story reminds us of the value of nature and its fragility, at a time when conservation to protect endangered species was not looking big on the social level.
Its a story of Man vs. Man and Man vs. Nature.
Sylvia’s choice to remain quiet is the compelling element in the story.
An internal problem within the story is if Sylvia is going to be tempted into telling or not.
In the end, Sylvia cherishes the world around her and is fulfilled and satisfied for her animal friends.
The end of the story concludes with the promise of satisfaction achieved through nature. Sylvia can now see the beauty of the world around her instead of being camouflaged by human involvement. Sylvia will again find peace and tranquility in life.
When the feather of the Heron rises it symbolizes Sylvia’s awakening BY: Sarah Orne Jewett Ideas Character Types She was born on September 3rd, 1849 in South Berwick, Maine.
She was the daughter of Theodore Jewett and Caroline Perry Jewett.
She graduated from Miss Raynes School and Berwick Academy.
Was in a domestic partnership with Annie Adams Fields. Annie was married, but when he passed the two women formed a "Boston marriage".
she had rheumatoid arthritis
because of this disability, she was unable to attend regular school. Her parents encouraged her to read from their library instead.
She was a daddy's girl. Her father was a physician, so he took her to visit patients with him.
She wanted to take on a career like her father, but because of her poor health she could not. So she turned to writing. Jennifer Glancy Rilye Dillard Blair Wortsmith Lauren Powell Ashley Smith Sylvia
Sylvia is indirect when we see her timidness when she hears the mans whistle and meets the hunter
We see that she is direct when the story refers to her loyalty to her love of nature by not revealing the location of the heron
He is indirect in the story because he is very eager to find the bird, and slightly pushy and demanding at the beginning.
Mrs. Tilley (The Grandma)
She is mostly indirect because she expresses her hospitality and her kindness towards the stranger she started her writing career when she was 18.
Her first short story was Jenny Garrow's Lover.
Her first novel was Deephaven.
She had close ties with the Atlantic Montly that encouraged her to collect sketches and connect them with a fictional framework.
She had many collections of stories, novels, and children's books.
Her stories were mainly love stories and had themes of "city meets country".
They emphasize the natural environment.
She also wrote most of her books based off of the area of Maine that she lived in most of her life.
Was said to be one of the best regional writers of her time. In 1902, Jewett was thrown from a horse-drawn carriage and had injuries that ended her writing career. Although it was never officially discovered what had happened to her, it is believed she suffered severe back injuries. Seven years later she suffered a major stroke and died on June 24, 1909 in her hometown. Rising action- is when she hears the whistling and meets the hunter
Climax- when she is up in the tree and she spots the heron
Falling action- when she returns home and talks to the hunter
Resolution- is that she doesn't tell the hunter where the herons nest is
Conflict- the internal conflict she had was to decide if she should reveal the location of the heron or not The author uses a lot of personification throughout the story, such as:
"Heart beats fast with pleasure"
"Air was soft and sweet"
"Long slumbering hospitality seemed easily awakened"
"Evening began to fall"
She also uses onomatopoeia when referring to the character's Southern accent:
"wand'rer" is wanderer
"sauer'ls" is squirrels
"o" is out
"em" is them
"willin" is willing Sarah Orne Jewett's background affected the story because she lived in both the city and country in real life, so she incorporated that into her stories, especially this one, by having Sylvia live in both the country and the city. Possible Test Questions
1.When did the story take place?
2.When was the story written?
3.Who’s the author of “A White Heron?”
a.Sarah Orne Jewett
b.Harriet Beecher Stowe
4.Where was the author born?
b.New York, New York
c.Manhattan, New York
d.South Berwick, Maine
5.When was the author born?
a.March 9, 1849
b.September 3, 1849
c.October 7, 1839
d.June 10, 1839
1.)C 2.) B 3.) A. 4.) D. 5.) B SOURCES
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/sarah-orne-jewett/ Sylvia-round and dynamic
Started out quiet in the beginning, but started to warm up to the hunter and be herself towards the end.
Hunter-round and static
Started out as himself, loud and confident, and stayed that way throughout the story.
Grandma-flat and static
Didn't say or do much in the story. Young Sylvia is content with her move to the farm with her grandmother away from the busy town life. She is returning home with her cow, dawdling and enjoying the natural environment when a whistle disturbs her peace.
Sylvia is surprised, then wary, when a stranger approaches. He is lost, and asks if Sylvia knows where he can get food and shelter. With trepidation she takes the suspected ‘enemy’ to her grandmother, who welcomes him and makes him comfortable.
Impressed at the neat home and excellent food, he reveals he is keen to track down a white heron. He traps and shoots birds to collect them, which is at odds with Sylvia’s love of the birds and animals around her. After the gift of a knife and the offer of money,
Sylvia is driven to search for the heron’s location to pass on to the hunter. However, after climbing the great pine tree that takes her close to the birds, Sylvia is compelled to keep the secret of the heron’s whereabouts so the hunter’s collection remains incomplete.