1. How do the young man and Sylvy differ in their attitudes and intentions toward the heron? Why does Sylvy not to tell the hunter where he could find the white heron?
The young man and Sylvy have very different attitudes and intentions toward the heron. They young man only wants to hunt the bird and keep it for his collection, while Sylvy has a deep appreciation of the white heron and other birds. Since Sylvy has a deep appreciation for the white heron, “she remembers how the white heron came flying through the golden air and how they watched the sea and the morning together, and Sylvia cannot speak; she cannot tell the heron’s secret and give its life away” (528).
The young man was looking to add the white heron to his collection since it was a rare bird to find in their district and he was an ornithologist. The young man could tell that Sylvy had seen the heron by the look on her face when he would mention it. Sylvy loved those woods and the creatures in them. She realized she did not want to give the heron’s secret away just for some money. I believe she came to the conclusion that life, no matter whom or what it is, is more important than money.
3. Apart from the somewhat graphic description of the sexual act, what do you think the reader’s of Chopin’s era would have found offensive about this story?
Besides the graphic description of the sexual act, I think readers of Chopin’s era would have found the parts about committing adultery and the fact that no one felt guilty about it. In that era, adultery was frowned upon; let alone not feeling guilty about it. Readers would have been shocked or even appalled to read something like that during that era.
You can tell that Calixta did not feel guilty about committing adultery at all. She held her head high and laughed aloud when Alcee rode away. Also, when Bobinot and Bibi returned home, she was cheery and happy. Bobinot was expecting the worst from her when they returned home, instead she was just...