Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

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  • "The Scarlet Ibis"  Ava Colaizzi Pd. 2
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  • "The Scarlet Ibis", by James Hurst, is a shorter story that has a lot of different emotions.  It is about a boy named Doodle that was born with a disability that his family thought was fatal and that he could not recover from.  With the help of his self centered, rude older brother, Doodle was able to overcome his struggles. 
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  • The tone of "The Scarlet Ibis" is threatening mostly towards Doodle.  The older brother is always threatening to kill Doodle in the story.  He also makes Doodle do things he does not want to do or else he threatens to leave him during their journeys and not help him with his needs.  
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  • The author uses the words "dont leave me, brother" repeatedly and it makes the mood of the story more depressing.  It helps show how rude the older brother is to Doodle and it foreshadows something is going to happen to Doodle.  
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  • The author uses figurative language to create emotion and let us visualize.  One simile in the story is, "They named him William Armstrong, which was like tying a big tail on a small kite." This simile lets us visualize and infer that the name for him is too big for his personality and looks.  In other words, the name does not fit him.  
  • I think that the author uses descriptive style in his story.  James Hurst describes the events and setting of where the characters are very well in "Scarlet Ibis".  For example, "Finally I went back and found him huddled beneath a red nightshade bush beside the road. He was sitting on the ground, his face buried in his arms, which were resting on his drawn-up knees." The author described this event in the story very thoroughly.  
  • I think that the theme of "Scarlet Ibis" is to be nice to your family and friends and stick with them because you never know when you are going to lose them.  
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