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  • "Scarlet Ibis"
  • Tone
  • Word Choice
  • By James Hurst Benson Yu  Pd. 4
  • Imagery
  • The tone in "Scarlet Ibis" was pessimistic when Doodle dies died because the narrator feels guilt like it was his fault Doodle died, thinking of the worst. He says "I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain"
  • Style
  • "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. The flower garden was strained with rotting brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox" The author uses descriptive words and particular nouns like not yet been born, bleeding tree, rotting brown, and ironweeds that shows the reader instead of telling.
  • Theme
  • "bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red...  making his vermilion neck appear unusually long and slim. His little legs, bent sharply at the knees, had never before seemed so fragile, so thin" This connects to a scarlet ibis with the blood being its red feathers, then his neck appears long and slim, and his bent fragile, sharply bent knees just like what a scarlet ibis looks like.
  • Foreshadowing is one element of style the author uses. Hurts states, "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted our house, speaking softly the names of our dead." and Doodles real name, William Armstrong "such a name sounds good only on a tombstone," both these quotes are foreshadowing Doodle's death later on.
  • The major theme in this story is pride. Pride can make people do things that they shouldn't or for the wrong reasons. The narrator had to much pride and was ashamed to have Doodle as a brother because he could not do anything. He taught Doodle how to walk, but not for Doodle, for himself. The narrator even says "They did not know that I did it for myself, that pride, whose slave I was...and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother."
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