The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis
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  • The Scarlet Ibis 
  • Speech: Narrator  
  • Thoughts:Narrator 
  • Liza Churchill 
  • Effect on Others: Narrator 
  • "Who says so?" I demanded "Oh you can walk." (Hurst 318). This reveals that the narrator is Decisive/ Determined. He knows exactly what he wants to help Doodle with and he has made this decision that he is going to help him walk and nothing will change that.
  • Actions: William
  • "They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices: and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother"(Hurst 319). This reveals that the narrator is ashamed of himself. He helped his brother learn to walk because he did not want people to see him with a cripple, he did not want to be labeled as the one with a crippled brother he wanted to be seen with someone just as normal as everyone else.
  • Looks: William
  • " One day I took him up to the barn loft and showed him his casket, telling him how we all believed he was going to die" "And before I help you down from the loft, you're going to have to touch it" (Hurst 318). This reveals that our narrator is selfish/thoughtless. When he takes his sick brother to his casket and tells him that they thought he was going to die young this shows that the narrator is being thoughtless of Doodle's feelings. This causes Doodle to become frightened and panicked.
  • "He took out a piece of string from his pocket and, without touching the ibis, looped one end around its neck." " His awkwardness at digging the hole with a shovel whose handle was as long as he was made us laugh"(Hurst 322). This reveals that Doodle is upset and caring  about the bird. He saw thought that it was full of beauty and grace and he does not understand why it had to die and he wants to give it a peaceful burial instead of throwing it away. He also in a way can relate to the bird because it was different and unique like him.
  • " He collapsed onto the grass like a half empty flour sack. it was as if he had no bones in his little legs"(Hurst 318).This reveals that Doodle is weak and frail. He has never been able to walk before and now the first time that he has ever been able to place his feet on the ground he falls because they are not used to having the work of holding him up.
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