? I decided to write my motif explanation on


?        I decided to write my motif explanation
on A White Heron. In this short story, birds are a recurring motif I will
explain the significance of the birds and the white heron as it pertains to the


The first birds mentioned are robins. Robins are symbolic of rebirth or
the beginning of new ideas the story mentions them as a being the product of a
cats labor, fat with young robins. It makes sense to me that their meaning in
the story is Sylvia’s new life in the country. Geese are the next birds
mentioned in the story, Geese are symbolic of a happy-go-lucky attitude towards
life. In the story the grandmother exhibits this attitude. The grandmother
gladly accepted the handsome young man into her home, “I’ll milk right off, and
you make yourself at home.” Hens crop up as the next birds mentioned. Hens are
symbolic of fertility and being like a mother figure to someone. Partridges are
mentioned next in the story and symbolize morning and extreme sadness. The
grandmother in the story had lost her children and was in mourning as can be
seen in this piece of story “The hostess gossiped frankly, adding presently
that she had buried four children.” Blue Jays were mentioned next and symbolize
adaptability and development of an innate talent and force. I think this can be
seen in the line, “There ain’t a foot o’ ground she don’t know her way over.” I
feel like it tells the reader that Sylvia adapted to country life and has come
to master the territory. Crows are mentioned next symbolize mysticism and the “other
world.” The mysticism of crows can be seen in this part of the story, “Dan, my
boy, was a great hand to go gunning.” The grandmother is holding onto the idea
that Dan is waiting for  her in another
world. Lastly the white heron represents the companionship of the natural
world, as well the fluctuations we see in Sylvia’s perspective on the heron
represent shifts in her value of nature!

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