"The Scarlet Ibis" and "Simon Birch"

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  • "The Scarlet Ibis": On Pride 
  • "The Scarlet Ibis": On Miracles
  • "The Scarlet Ibis": On Expectations
  • In "The Scarlet Ibis" the brother teaches doodle how to walk because he is embarrassed of him. The theme is that too much pride can hurt others. 
  • "Simon Birch": On Love
  • In "The Scarlet Ibis" when Doodle was born everyone, except Aunt Nicey, thought that he was going to die, but he didn't. The theme is that miracles can happen.
  • "Simon Birch": On Faith
  • In "The Scarlet Ibis" the reader might expect that Doodle's brother would care for Doodle a lot more because of his disability, when in reality he wants to make him look and act "normal" so the he doesn't get embarrassed. The theme is to expect the unexpected.
  • "Simon Birch": On Tolerance
  • In the movie "Simon Birch" Simon loved Ms. Wenteworth just as much as Joe did even though he wasn't her son. The theme is that love can come in different ways, even if they are not related.
  • In "Simon Birch", Simon never loses the faith that he was made the way he was for a reason and that he was going to be a hero. Even when Joe was telling him that there was no reason for why he was made like that after his mother died. The theme is to always have faith even though people around you think otherwise.
  • In "Simon Birch" Ben brings a little gift for Joe . Joe and Simon began getting very curious,  opened it and screamed.When Ben got there he explained that it was a stuffed armadillo. Ben held it up to Simon's face and Simon said "It's not that bad once you get used to it". The theme is to learn to appreciate others and their differences.
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