Paige Morningstar-"Scarlet Ibis"

Paige Morningstar-"Scarlet Ibis"
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  • The Scarlet Ibis
  • By: James Hurst
  • Scene I - The Empty Coffin - TONE
  • We will name him William Armstrong.
  • Such a name only sounds good on a tombstone!
  • Scene II - Crawling Potential - WORD CHOICE
  • Mom come look at Doodle!
  • Wow! Let's call him Doodle from now on.
  • Oh my gosh! He is crawling for the first time!
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  • Scene III - Old Woman Swamp - IMAGERY AND DETAIL
  • It's so pretty, so pretty, pretty, pretty.
  • The tone in the first scene, when the family realizes that their son/brother is alive, is joyful. The family is ecstatic to discover that their weak son will live. The brother is quite the opposite because he does not want a brother who is weak, so his negative energy contradicts with the parents.
  • Scene IV - The Scarlet Ibis - STYLE
  • What is it?
  • It's a Scarlet Ibis.
  • The word choice in this scene illustrates how the brother is "fixing" Doodle by changing his name and teaching him how to crawl. Even though the brother was really hurting Doodle he was trying to make him more normal, so that Doodle didn't embarrass him. The parents are so proud of what their sons have accomplished, and agree with the new name.
  • Scene V - Doodle Revisits the Scarlet Ibis - THEME
  • Brother, Brother, don't leave me! Don't leave me!
  • This scene shows imagery by it's figurative language and descriptions that the characters use. Doodle witnesses Old Woman Swamp for the first time, and is blown away by the view. Doodle's actions and words portray the beauty of his surrounds and shows how his senses brought him to this conclusion.
  • For heaven's sake, what's the matter?
  • The style in this scene is demonstrated by the body language, reactions, and word choice that the characters use. Doodle and the father are knelt down describing what has happened, while the mother is standing and does not seem that upset through her body language. She simply states that the bird has died and goes away while the boys mourn.
  • It's dead.
  • The last scene portrays the following theme: Pride is a two way street, and everyone has the choice. Doodle chose the path of pride to walk. However, he didn't know that this path would disadvantage him with weakness and eventually death. His brother took the path to benefit himself even if this meant that Doodle's life would be at risk.
  • Keep running as fast as you can, don't look back. I don't hear Doodle anymore?
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