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  • Andrew Myers Pd. 4
  • Tone
  • Word Choice
  • "The Scarlet Ibis" Written By James Hurst
  • Imagery
  • Throughout "The Scarlet Ibis" a tone of someone dying is present and centers around the narrator's brother, Doodle, surviving when he was predicted to die as a child. The coffin represents the reoccurring idea that Doodle's father had issued a coffin for him, and the dug up earth represents the story's ending when Doodle overexerted himself and died.
  • Style
  • "Then I'd paint for him a picture of us as old men, white-haired, him with a long white beard and me still pulling him around in the go-cart. This never failed to make him try again." This quote shows the authors creative use of word choice in a way that makes the reader feel sympathetic towards the narrator and Doodle. The author uses these words in an attempt to access the reader's emotions and bring them into the stroy.
  • Theme
  • I'm so selfish. If only they knew the only reason I made Doodle walk was because I was afraid of being bullied at school because of him.
  • "We were down in Old Woman Swamp and it was spring and the sick-sweet smell of bay flowers hung everywhere like a mournful song." The author utilizes the affect of powerful imagery in this quote to further describe the swamp that the characters are in. The author's use of this description shows the reader rather than tells them the surroundings of the narrator and Doodle
  • It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree. This story is written as a narrative memoir. Through the story the author writes in the past tense constantly utilizing first person pronouns like "I" and "my" throughout the story.
  • "But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle had become mine. I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." The theme of "The Scarlet Ibis" is that no one can change who someone else is, only that person can so it is pointless to try.  
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