The meaning of this image is to illustrate the hatred Doodle had for his brother before he was even a year old. The family was planning on a funeral, but Doodle's fight proved that there was no need for one.
Scene IV - The Scarlet Ibis
What is it?
It's a Scarlet Ibis.
This image shows Doodle's first time crawling, showing great progress with his ability. However, it might look light a happy seen but Doodle was hurting every time he crawled, and it was unhealthy for him. This is also when the parents started calling Doodle, Doodle.
This scene shows the brothers first time at Old Woman Swamp, and how much gratitude Doodle has towards it. The brother takes it for granted, but Doodle respects it so much and all the beauty that comes with it.
For heaven's sake, what's the matter?
This scene illustrates the corpse of the Scarlet Ibis, when the family first encounters it in their yard. This is very significant to the story because the Scarlet Ibis represents Doodle, and that is why the animal is so significant.
This last scene shows the misery Doodle went through before he passes away just like the Scarlet Ibis. His brother never waited for him, and only cared about himself like from the beginning. He ran as fast as he could away from Doodle, leaving him in the thunder and lightning storm, where he said his last words. Doodle's life ended just like the Scarlet Ibis that represented him.
Keep running as fast as you can, don't look back. I don't hear Doodle anymore?