femininity against masculinity in "A White Heron" Since its first appearance in the 1886 collection A White Heron and Other Stories, the short story A White Heron has become the most favorite and often anthologized of Sarah Orne Jewett. Like most of this regionalist writer’s works, A White Heron was inspired by the people and landscapes in rural New England, where, as a little girl, she often accompanied her doctor father on his visiting patients. The story is about a nine-year-old girl who falls in love with a bird hunter but does not tell him the white heron’s place because her love of nature is much greater. In this story, the author presents a conflict between femininity and masculinity by juxtaposing Sylvia, who has a peaceful life in country, to a hunter from town, which implies her discontent with the modernization’s threat to the nature. Different from female and male which can describe animals, femininity and masculinity are personal and human.
A grandma slowly slid out of the train, blocking the way of a mother trying to push out her stroller in a hurry. After she did a mass of people pushed themselves and their suitcases out of the small train doors. People slid by one another, and violently pulled their suitcases with them. The young man tucked in his shirt, straightened his collar and tie before he slowly, with no sense of urgency, drifted towards the train. The hydraulic doors hissed shut, and the sound of a starting engine filled the hall.
In this poem, the lady autumn teams up with the sun, basks in the breeze of a granary, and takes lazy naps in a field. Lines 2-3: Autumn is personified for the first of many times in the poem. She and the sun whisper together like a bunch of gossipy teenage girls. But the goal is serious and necessary: they are responsible for the bounty of fruit and crops that will sustain people through the winter. Line 12: The speaker asks a rhetorical question to introduce a connection he believes the reader will recognize, between autumn and the harvest.
I chose to read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. This novel is about a woman named Lily who is haunted by memories if who she once was. I noticed that she alludes to Chinese culture a lot. She tells a story of two girls, Lily and Snow Flower, who come from different classes and their friendship throughout their lives. Lily is a 7 year old girl living in Hunan, China (very rural) during the 19th century.
The scenery described in the story was hills across the valley of Ebro which was long and white, between the train station and the valley there was nothing but emptiness, and the side of the station where the two of them sat nearby and waited. “Close against the side of the station there was the warm shadow of the building and a curtain, made of strings and bamboo beads, hung across the open door into the bar”. All of these descriptions play an important role in the meaning of the story. First, the female character is referred to as “the girl”, Hemingway does this to indicate that she is much young than the male character. The girl was very eager about drinking, yet when the drinks arrived she was starring off across the valley looking at the hills.
Review of the story ‘Regret’ by Kate Chopin Kate Chopin, born Katherine O’Flaherty (February 8, 1850 – August 22, 1904), was an American author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. In the short story “Regret” by Kate Chopin a woman called Mamzelle Aurélie has to keep a neighbour’s four children for two weeks. Mamzelle Aurélie is an old and lonely woman. She has never had a man and lives alone on her farm with some animals and Negroes working for her.
There's Primrose (or Prim for short), the narrator's sister; the narrator's mother, who was once very beautiful; and Buttercup, a mouser of a cat who the narrator originally tried to drown. (Not an animal lover, this one.) • Awake, the narrator dresses herself in hunting gear, grabs a goat cheese, and heads to the woods. • We learn that the narrator lives in a place called District 12, nicknamed the Seam, that is home primarily to poor coal miners. The narrator's father was a coalminer, but he died in an explosion five years ago, when the narrator was only eleven.
The Little Seamstress lives on the mountain with her father who is a tailor. Her clothing is a delicate pink and sophisticated. Her eyes are lovely and sparkle, which compliments her oval face, and long black hair. After spotting a book while in her home, the Narrator asks her if she can read. “Not much,” (25) she replies.
The poem concludes by extolling the moon as an artist, a natural celestial body that can create this beauty. The poet sets the scene for the daughter’s observation and growth in the first line. It is that time of the day when everything seems slow, when all silences are turned up full volume, one of those long-shadowed hours of the evening. The poet tells that everything is shrunk to the two sounds, ‘the clank of a bucket and the bark of a dog’ against an intensified quietness of the evening. The poet carefully introduces her daughter and devotes a lot of attention to her; first, she is listening to the sounds of the environment, and then provides a description of a bucket filled with water which reflects the moon like a mirror.
This avoidance of the storm is suggesting that Bobinot also avoids the stormy passions of his wife Calixta. “Calixta, at home, felt no uneasiness for their safety. She sat at a side window sewing furiously on a sewing machine and did not notice the approaching storm” (335). She does not know that the storm is approaching from the nature and also in her life. “It began to grow dark, and suddenly realizing the situation she got hurriedly and went about closing windows and doors” (336).